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Braised Lamb Shanks with Garlic and Herbs

6 Cloves Garlic
4 Lamb Shanks
2 ts Kosher Salt
1/2 ts Black Pepper -- freshly ground
2 tb Flour
2 tb Olive Oil
1 1/2 c Onions -- sliced
2 tb Fresh Rosemary -- chopped
3 tb Fresh Mint -- chopped
1 tb Fresh Thyme Leaves
1 tb Parsley -- chopped
1 c White Wine
3 c Veal Stock


Preheat the oven to 325 F.


Cut one of the garlic cloves in half and rub the lamb shanks with the halves. Cut the remaining cloves into thin slices and set aside. Season the shanks with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper and dredge in the flour.


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven or large ovenproof skillet. Add the lamb shanks and brown on all sides. Remove the shanks from the pan and set aside.


Toss in the onions and sliced garlic and cook 3 to 5 mins, until softened. Add the rosemary, mint, thyme, and parsley and cook an additional 3 to 4 mins.


Add the wine to the pan, raise the heat to high, and reduce by half. Stir in the veal stock, season with the remaining salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Place the lamb shanks in the pan, cover, and bake for 2 hours, until the meat is fork-tender.


Uncover the pan and turn the oven up to 500 degrees. Let the lamb shanks brown in the oven for 20 mins, basting the meat thoroughly with the pan gravy every 5 mins.


Remove the shanks from the pan and keep them covered and warm. Strain the pan gravy into a bowl and, using a bulb baster or ladle, skim as much fat as possible from the surface. Return the gravy to the Dutch oven and reduce by half over high heat. Transfer the lamb shanks to a warm serving platter. Spoon part of the gravy over the shanks and serve the rest in a sauceboat on the side.


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