Slow Braised Lamb Shanks With Malbec Wine Reduction

Cooking Time: N/A    Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Four lamb shanks
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
four inch sprig of rosemary, woody stems discarded
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 medium onion minced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1/3 cup Olive Scene bold Extra Virgin Olive Oil (gold medal winner)
3 cups robust red wine such as Malbec
1 cup water

Directions:

*This recipe can be made in a dutch over or crock pot. 

  1. If using the oven, preheat to 300F. In a wide shallow dish or a gallon size Ziplock bag, mix the flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Rinse and pat the lamb shanks dry and dredge in the flour.
  3. In a large heavy bottom pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and brown the lamb shanks until golden brown on all sides, taking care not to over crowed the pan, cooking for about 5 minutes per side and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add all of the vegetables and saute over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits, until the onions are translucent, for approximately five minutes.
  5. Pour in the wine and simmer for another couple minutes and then add cup of hot water.
  6. Add the fresh rosemary to the bottom of the crockpot or Dutch oven and arrange the shanks on top.
  7. Pour the wine and vegetables over the top.
  8. Cook, covered in a heavy dutch oven for six hours or in a crockpot set on low. 
  9. After six hours, carefully remove the shanks from the liquid taking care not to allow the meat to slip off the bones.
  10. Cover to keep warm.
  11. Strain and de-fat the braising liquid.
  12. Place in a small saucepan and reduce by half.
  13. Adjust the seasoning with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
  14. Pour the reduction over the lamb shank placed atop a bed of mashed potatoes made with Olive Scene medium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.