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Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks – A traditional and delicious Easter main dish prepared with lamb shanks slow cooked to a melt in your mouth perfection with balsamic vinegar, wine, garlic and rosemary.
Hello my internet pals! How goes it? Can I convince you to chat with me about lamb and wine and balsamic vinegar? 😀
I’m clearly preparing for Easter and thought you might also want to get a head start.
Though, in all honesty, lamb is barely my choice of snack, but all that changed once I got in on this wine and balsamic vinegar shenanigans. Garlic, too. And rosemary. All those just kind of always go together, don’t you think? e.g. 👉 Garlic and Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin
I’ve made lamb for us before – check out my mom’s One Pot Oven Baked Risotto with Lamb Chops – and that one is also very, very good. I am way too picky when it comes to lamb, but that recipe and this Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks recipe are a definite go.
Here’s how this situation is gonna start: first and foremost, get yourself a bottle of STAR Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. This guy is aged in oak casks and the aging makes it thicker and the oak gives it a distinctive taste and undertone. It’s perfect for marinades, or drizzled over meat, pasta, fish, salads and pizza.
That up there is a tangy, sweet and savory marinade prepared with said STAR Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, red wine, lots of garlic, and a sprig of rosemary. THAT is also what our lamb shanks are going to be submerged in for a couple of hours during cooking.
Please study the photo above. Especially if you’ve never cooked lamb shanks before. Do you see how it’s all covered in meat and skin and fat? OK. Good. Now know that while cooking, most of that toward the tip of the bone is going to melt off and that is how you are going to end up with that naked bone in the end.
Like SO ⤵⤵⤵
Oh but about that marinade. Yeah, that stuff will be poured over our lamb and cooked for about 1.5 to 2 hours in the oven.
The recipe is really super easy. You’re not even doing much. Hands on is maybe 10 minutes, all spent while you browning the lamb shanks and preparing the marinade. The rest of the time, those guys are in the oven, getting all prepped up and pretty for our Easter lunch.
But yep, that’s it! One pot and couple of hours to a perfect fork tender meat that is so full of flavor, and it couldn’t be easier to make.
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