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Carnero En Adobe - Tangy Braised Lamb Shanks

2 Ancho chilies
1 c Boiling water
2 tb Vegetable oil
4 Lamb shanks
2 md White onions, halved
1/3 c Raisins
2 tb Piloncillo, Mexican hard sauce
4 c Garlic, minced
3/8 ts Oregano
1/2 ts Cumin
28 oz Tomato, whole peeled
3/4 c Beef stock
4 Bay leaf
1 tb Cider vinegar
Romaine lettuce, shredded
Black olives, pitted


1. Place chilies in small bowl with boiling water, let stand 1 hour 2. Heat lard or oil in Dutch oven over med. heat until hot. Add 2 lamb shanks. Cook turning often, until brown on all sides about 20 minutes. Remove to plate. Repeat. 3. Place chilies and 1/3 cup of the soaking liquid in a blender and process until smooth. Discard remaining soaking liquid. 4. Remove and discard all but 2 TBS oil from Dutch oven. Add onions and saute' over medium heat about 4 mins. or until soft. Reduce heat to med-low and stir in raisins, sugar, garlic, oregano and cumin. Add chili puree and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes. 5. Add tomatoes, stock and bay leaves to pan. Heat to boiling. Add lamb shanks and simmer over low heat, covered, turning occasionally until lamb is very, very tender--about 2 to 2/12 hours/ 6. Remove lamb to serving platter and keep warm. Skim and discard fat from cooking sauce. Stir in vinegar. Heat sauce to boiling over med.-high heat and cook uncovered, stirring frequently until sauce is thickened--about 10 minutes. Spoon sauce over lamb. Serve, garnished with lettuce and olives (Maybe even some quartered tomatoes).


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