BRAISED MOROCCAN LAMB SHANKS WITH POMEGRANATE
Oven Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate - a festive, Moroccan-inspired lamb recipe that is elegant and delicious! Succulent lamb shanks are roasted in the oven until tender and falling off the bone then drizzled with a flavorful pomegranate sauce. Serve over creamy soft polenta or cous cous with Sweet and spicy Moroccan Roasted carrots!
Provided by Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
Number Of Ingredients 24
- Let lamb come to room temp (unwrap on counter 20-30 mins) and season lamb generously with kosher salt.
- Heat oil in an extra large heavy bottomed Dutch oven. Working in batches, sear the lamb shanks on all sides over medium high (or medium) heat. Take your time here and do this well. Set the shanks aside. Drain the oil.
- Add the water to the same pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer 3-4 minutes. To the water, add onion, garlic, fennel, beet, orange peel, herbs and spices and salt to the pan and stir until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the wine, and gently simmer until alcohol cooks off, another 5 mintues. Add the pomegrantate juice, chicken stock and maple syrup, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
- nestle the lamb shanks down in the liquid,on their side, meaty side down, bring to a simmer on the stove, then cover well, and place in a 325 F for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours or until meat is tender (internal temp 195-205F) Keep in mind that larger shanks will take longer to cook, smaller shanks, less time, so if in doubt, check at 1 1/2 hours- add more time if not tender. Basically, meat will get more tender as it braises, but you may need to add more broth or stock if using big shanks. So check liquid level.
- When shanks are tender, remove from pan, rest on a platter or baking dish in a warm spot like the stove top 20-30 minutes. While resting make the sauce.
- Make the sauce. Strain the braising liquid. If making ahead, you could let this cool in the fridge to allow more fat to separate (it will rise and harden) or skim off warm fat with a ladle. Place 1 1/2 cups, skimmed braising liquid in a small sauce pan and simmer, reducing just until it tastes flavorful. It really doesn't need to reduce until "thickened" (see notes) which may result in flavors getting too salty or condensed. Add a little splash of vinegar. Season it with salt and pepper. Sometimes I'll add a little squeeze of orange juice. Up to you.
- the lamb shanks on a platter, spoon the flavorful sauce over top, garnish with fresh pomegrante seeds and a few sprigs of rosemary.
- the lamb shank over the polenta or couscous, spoon the flavorful sauce overtop. Garnish with fresh pomegrate seeds. Fresh parsley is nice here or a sprig of rosemary, something green. ????
Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 1 lamb shank ( 8 ounces cooked meat) with sauce, Calories 571 calories, Sugar 17.6 g, Sodium 456.4 mg, Fat 26.7 g, SaturatedFat 9.8 g, TransFat 0 g, Carbohydrate 25.2 g, Fiber 2.9 g, Protein 54.7 g, Cholesterol 178.5 mg
MOROCCAN BRAISED LAMB SHANKS
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, chile, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add celery, carrot, cumin, coriander, oregano, cinnamon, star anise, and saffron. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until vegetables are soft and fragrant; season with salt and pepper.
- Add chicken stock, tomatoes, apricots, and olives; bring to a boil. Add lamb, making sure it is submerged halfway; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and cook, rotating lamb every 30 minutes, until meat is evenly browned and falling off the bone, and sauce is thickened.
MOROCCAN HAROSETH-BRAISED LAMB SHANKS
- Add lamb shanks to marinade and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Transfer to refrigerator and let marinate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place carrots, onion, celery, fennel, garlic, and ginger in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Remove lamb from marinade and wipe off excess. Season with salt and pepper and add to roasting pan. Transfer to oven and roast, turning once, until well browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and deglaze lamb and vegetables with wine and tomato paste.
- Decrease oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- Transfer lamb to a large Dutch-oven and add enough chicken stock to cover the lamb shanks halfway (you may not need to use all of the chicken stock). Add roasted vegetables, apricots, figs, dates, prunes, currants, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, crushed tomatoes, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and chile flakes. Place thyme, parsley, cilantro, and bay leaves in a piece of cheesecloth; tie with kitchen twine to enclose. Add to Dutch oven and cover.
- Bring lamb mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Immediately transfer to oven and cook until meat is tender and falling off the bone, about 3 hours.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Remove lamb shanks and set aside. Remove vegetable mixture and cooking liquid from Dutch-oven and pass through a food mill back into Dutch-oven. Return lamb to Dutch-oven and toss to coat; serve.
MOROCCAN HAROSETH MARINADE
- In a small skillet, lightly toast cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chile flakes, and coriander seeds over low heat until fragrant. Transfer to large shallow baking dish and add olive oil, wine, orange peel, salt, thyme, parsley, cilantro, garlic, and ginger; stir to combine.
MOROCCAN LAMB SHANKS WITH CHICKPEAS AND DATES
A frequently overlooked part of the lamb that's intensely meaty yet exceptionally mild, the shank is an unassuming cut that takes well to any number of ingredients. Dates lend it sweetness; chickpeas, sustenance; and a blend of spices, an undercurrent of warmth.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Number Of Ingredients 18
- Soak chickpeas overnight covered in cold water by 2 inches. Drain.
- In a mortar, mash garlic, paprika, ginger, coriander, nutmeg, lemon juice, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of cloves with a pestle until a thick paste forms.
- Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Cook until golden on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer lamb to a plate.
- Add onion and celery to pot, and cook until light gold, about 5 minutes. Stir in spice paste, and cook 2 minutes. Add chickpeas and water, reduce heat to medium-low, season with salt, and gently simmer for 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add lamb and cinnamon stick to pot, and return to a simmer. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until lamb is fork-tender, about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Add dates, and cook for 15 minutes. Skim fat from sauce, and discard. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
MOROCCAN LAMB SHANKS
- Splash some olive oil into a baking tray and add the shanks. Brown the shanks on a medium-high heat on top of the stove.
- Place the remaining ingredients in the baking tray and combine well with the lamb shanks. Cover with foil and place in a pre-heated oven for three hours at 160°C.
- Serve with couscous.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 702.4, Fat 40.7, SaturatedFat 14.7, Cholesterol 242.1, Sodium 185.8, Carbohydrate 8.2, Fiber 2.2, Sugar 3.9, Protein 72.5
MOROCCAN LAMB SHANKS
This is a great dish, tastes wonderful and the thing I love about cooking shanks is that although the cooking time is long once you have it all in the pot that is it, just come and stir it a couple of times. I actually went and enjoyed a drink with my hubby that evening at our local restaurant and I didn't have to worry about the food. When we got home it was nice to know I did not have much to do add the kumara and make some couscous. I make lamb shanks all the time I really enjoy them, I would probably make them more if they were readily available. This is just another take on a more traditional lamb shank recipe. I use 4 nice size lamb shanks in this recipe or if you can only get french trimmed use 8, 2 per person as they are smaller.
Provided by The Flying Chef
Yield 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 12
- Heat some olive oil in a pan, cook lamb until browned all over, drain.
- In a large saucepan or casserole dish (depending on whether you want to cook on the stove or in the oven.)Add some more olive oil, cook onion and garlic until onion softens, add cinnamon, cumin and coriander, stir until fragrant.
- Add wine, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until liquid has reduced by about half (it doesn't have to be precise). Add chicken stock and honey, bring to the boil, and reduce heat again.
- Return lamb to the pan and either cook covered in a moderate slow oven (170c) for about 1hr 30 minutes or on a low heat on the stove for the same time. Uncover dish and add the kumara, cook covered again for a further 50Min's to 1 hr until lamb is falling of the bone.
- Remove lamb and kumara from dish cover with foil to keep warm. Strain liquid into another pan, mix a little water with the cornflour, bring the sauce to a boil over a high heat add cornflour and stir until mixture thickens.
- To Serve: I served mine over spiced couscous topped with kumara and lamb and then poured the sauce over.
LAMB SHANKS WITH CHICKPEAS & MOROCCAN SPICES
- Soak the chickpeas overnight. Drain, tip into a saucepan and cover generously with fresh cold water. Bring to the boil, simmer for 45 minutes and drain.
- Heat the oil in a large casserole and brown the lamb all over. Remove and set aside. Pour off most of the fat, leaving 1 tablespoon in the dish, add the onions and fry for 8-10 minutes until soft.
- Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C. Mix together the ginger, garlic, chillies, cumin, coriander, pepper and paprika. Add half of this to the onions, tip in the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Put in the lamb and chickpeas, cover generously with water (about 850ml/11⁄2 pints), bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover and cook in the oven for 11⁄2-2 hours until the chickpeas are really tender. (You can prepare up to this stage the day before. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Bring back to simmering point before starting step 4.)
- Remove from the oven and stir in the remaining spice mixture, the saffron and cinnamon, carrots, apricots, honey and salt. Cover and return to the oven for 45 minutes-1 hour until the lamb is tender and the vegetables cooked. Scatter the almonds and coriander on top.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 653 calories, Fat 27 grams fat, SaturatedFat 10 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 55 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 1 grams sugar, Fiber 11 grams fiber, Protein 50 grams protein, Sodium 0.47 milligram of sodium
MOROCCAN-STYLE BRAISED BABY LAMB SHANKS
A spectacular lamb shank dish from Australian chef, Kylie Kwong. There is little nicer than making this on a cold, wet, winter's day. The list of the ingredients for the spice paste seems endless, but if you have an electric spice grinder (I bought mine as a 'coffee' grinder), it is made quickly and easily. Only the very brave should attempt it with a mortar and pestle! Before you begin to cook, prepare all the ingredients and measure out all the spices.
Provided by Daydream
Categories One Dish Meal
Yield 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 35
- Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/gas 4.
- For the spice paste: Combine the saffron with the 2 teaspoons of boiling water, and leave to soak.
- Heat a small skillet over high heat, then dry-roast the fennel seeds, star anise, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, cinnamon and Sichuan peppercorns for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant. When the spices have cooled, remove the seeds from the cardamom pods, then place them with the dry-roasted seeds in an electric grinder, and grind until the mixture is finely ground. Set aside.
- In a suitable container, grind the chillies, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems and roots, turmeric and galangal with an electric stick-blender until you have a coarse paste. Lightly crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle or a heavy rolling pin, and add to the chilli/garlic mixture with the sea salt. Add the shallots, saffron strands with their soaking water, paprika, the reserved ground spices and the olive oil to this paste, and mix well to combine.
- Heat a heavy-based, medium-sized frying pan over high heat, then add the paste and cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes or until fragrant. Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the palm sugar and fish sauce, increase the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for a further 2 minutes, or until mixture is slightly caramelised. Remove from stove and set aside.
- Brush a roasting tin with some olive oil and heat on the stove top. Season the lamb shanks with salt and white pepper, then add to the roasting pan and seal until lightly browned on all sides.
- Drain off any excess oil and increase the heat. Drizzle the prepared spice paste over lamb, and toss and stir the contents of the tin to ensure the shanks are well coated, and to seal in flavours. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, dates, apricots and bay leaves, and stir to combine.
- Remove the tin from the stove, pour over stock and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for a further 1 hour, or until lamb is very tender and well browned.
- When the meat is done, drizzle with lime juice and fish sauce before serving.
- Serve with cous cous, rice or crusty bread and a large green salad.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 2194.6, Fat 127.1, SaturatedFat 36, Cholesterol 489.6, Sodium 2099.7, Carbohydrate 103, Fiber 12, Sugar 30, Protein 157.7
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