As my dad and I walk out of the grocery store, he holds out 2 lamb shanks and smiles. We love lamb, but I was thinking , why would you buy such an expensive piece of meat that we don’t even know how to cook? He hands me the lamb and gives me the task to cook the lamb for dinner. At home I stare at the lamb shanks for a good 5 minutes before I think of a recipe in my head. The outcome was sooo delicious and the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender (I think a term that chefs use) . I didn’t use exact measurements for this recipe but instead just tasting and adding more ingredients when necessary. Here is the approximate recipe:
I used 2 huge Lamb shanks (about 4 lbs.), 1 onion, 1 1/2 heads of garlic, half a jar of tomato sauce and 1 fresh tomato, 4 cups of red wine, olive oil, salt and pepper, water, and 1 cup of dried parsley.
1. Coat the lamb with olive oil and rub salt and pepper all over. Heat large pot with olive oil and sear the lamb all over. About 10 minutes.
2. Remove the lamb and add the diced onions. Cook for about 5 minutes.
3. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, and crushed garlic cloves. Stir for about 2 minutes and add 1 cup of wine and 1 cup of water.
4. Add the lamb shanks back in.
After these steps, I let the lamb cook while I added more wine, salt, pepper, water, and parsley to fit my tastebuds. I kept a close eye and constantly turned them over. The amount of ingredients for the sauce varies from person to person so just have fun with it! However, I did let the lamb cook on low heat for about 4 hours. Serve the lamb with rice and savor each bite!