Fall is upon us. The first day of Autumn is exactly two weeks away. It's time to start gearing up for braising, baking, and... *gulp*... dare I say, the holidays. Please find the recipe for my crock pot adaptable slow braised lamb shank which utilizes our superlative, ultra fresh, award winning Coratina extra virgin olive oil and UP Barnea in two separate elements of the recipe.
Slow Braised Lamb Shanks With Coratina and Malbec Wine Reduction
Four lamb shanks
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper to tastefour inch sprig of rosemary, woody stems discarded
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 medium onion minced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1/3 cup Ultra Fresh, UP, Gold Medal Coratina Olive Oil
3 cups robust red wine such as Malbec
1 cup water
*This recipe can be made in a dutch over or crock pot.
If using the oven, preheat to 300. In a wide shallow dish or a gallon size Ziplock bag, mix the flour, salt and pepper. Rinse and pat the lamb shanks dry and dredge in the flour. In a large heavy bottom pan, heat the Coratina 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.
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. Pour in the wine and simmer for another couple minutes and then add cup of hot water. Add the fresh rosemary to the bottom of the crock pot or dutch oven and arrange the shanks on top. Pour the wine and vegetables over the top. Cook, covered in a heavy dutch oven for six hours or in a crock pot set on low.
After six hours, carefully remove the shanks from from the liquid taking care not to allow the meat to slip off the bones. Cover to keep warm. Strain and de-fat the braising liquid. Place in a small saucepan and reduce by half. Adjust the seasoning with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Pour the reduction over the lamb shank placed atop a bed of mashed potatoes made with Ultra fresh UP Barnea extra virgin olive oil.