Lamb is highly rated in our family.We LOVE lamb!!! (shanks and chops the most) It’s very rich and yet so delicate and mild.
Lamb Osso Bucco is a comforting delicious Italian lamb dish that is aromatic and full of flavor.The meat is seared and then braised in a flavorful sauce until tender and nearly falling of the bone.
Osso Bucco is Italian for bone with a hole and refers to the marrow in the center of the cross cut shank. The reason for cutting is to expose the richness of the bone marrow.So you can prepare the shank as is or have a butcher cut the shank crosswise for vital nutrients.
6 lamb shanks (or crosscut shanks-osso bucco style)
1 onion sliced
3-4 carrots cut in chunks
4-5 celery and/or fennel cut in chunks
7 garlic cloves
14.5 ozs. diced tomatoes or 2-3 fresh tomatoes
8 ozs. tomato paste
2 cup red wine
1 cup beef or chicken broth/stock
1 tablespoon dried oregano
4 rosemary sprigs
6 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
Heat a dutch oven or frying pan with oil.
Season lamb with salt and pepper.
Sear on all sides until well browned.
Sear in batches.Add more oil if needed.
Remove each batch and set aside.
Add onions,carrots,celery/fennel to the pot.Add more oil if needed.
Stir and Sauté for approx. 10 minutes.
Add tomato paste,oregano, and 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 whole garlic cloves.
Continue to saute stirring for another 3 minutes.
Add red wine,stir and cook for another minute or two.
Add tomatoes,stock/broth,bay leaf,salt and pepper.
Transfer shanks back to dutch oven or a large baking dish.(pour sauce over shanks if using baking dish)
Arrange sprigs of rosemary and thyme in between the shanks.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cover with foil and braise the shanks for 2 hours.
Turn the sides and continue to braise for another 1 hour.
Remove foil and braise uncovered for 20-30 minutes.
When done the meat should be tender and nearly falling off the bone.
Serve over mashed potatoes,risotto,rice, or pasta with your choice of vegetables.Pour sauce over the shank as much as desired.
-I served with mashed potatoes,steamed broccolini and organic veggie mix from Trader Joe’s(corn,green beans,peas and carrots).