Candied Lamb Shanks

These Candied Lamb Shanks are perfect for a chilly spring day. You will need to start this dish one day ahead to have enough time to marinate the lamb.

First, here is the list of the different ingredients you will need to make the Candied Lamb Shanks that Serves 6 with a Preparation and Cooking Time of 20 minutes + 4 hours

  • 6 lamb shanks
  • 3 sprigs thyme, 3 sprigs rosemary, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 liter (4 cups) vegetable stock (homemade or reconstructed)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
Now here are the different steps you will need to follow to make the Candied Lamb Shank
Salt and pepper the lamb shanks and let them brown on all sides in hot oil. Add the thyme and rosemary and garlic cloves and stir. Pour in a liter of broth, bring to boil then cover and place in a preheated oven at 120 °C (300°F)  for 4 hours and moisten regularly the lamb shanks during cooking.
After this time, remove the lamb shanks from the casserole and place the pan on the heat to reduce the juice to 1/3. Take the cooked garlic, discard their envelope (if they have kept it) and crush the garlic flesh.Pass the juice of the pan and stir in with the crushed garlic.
Set aside.
Put the lamb shanks back into the casserole and pour honey over the shanks. Stir to coat it. Let them caramelise over low heat, deglaze with the 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and then moisten with the filtered sauce.
Let reduce a little more, about ten minutes, until the sauce is slightly syrupy. Serve them along with fresh peas and carrots if you want.
A good carrot puree home made, or some semolina will also delight everyone.
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