Lamb Shanks Bruno

by JR Meats on December 28, 2015

Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks

Many thanks to J&R Customer James Tierney for this wonderful rendition of lamb shanks. According to Tierney, this dish is named for the fictional Chief of Police Bruno who fights crime in the Dordongne region of France. He is the principle character in a series of mysteries written by Martin Walker set in St. Denis. When Bruno is not policing St. Denis he’s hanging around the market, cooking or playing rugby.

J&R Note: (Don’t you love the creativity of our Central Coast folk?)

2 lamb shanks, about 2-2 ½ pounds
Olive oil
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
¼ pound baby carrots
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled and broken
1 leek sliced, white and pale green parts only
1 branch rosemary
1 cup red wine
1 cup or more chicken or beef stock as needed
2 bay leaves
2 to three strips tangerine peel
1 tablespoon harissa *
In a large casserole or dutch oven heat the olive oil and brown the lamb shanks on all sides
Add the carrots, garlic and leek and lightly brown
Add the wine and deglaze scraping up any browned bits.
Add the remaining ingredients and return the lamb shanks to the pot
If necessary add more stock or liquid to come just over half way up the sides of the lamb
Bring to a slow simmer. DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL
Simmer away for about 2 to 2 ½ hours or until the meat is tender and slides away from the bones
Serve over noodles or rice
*Moroccan hot sauce (available in jars or tube form at Spice of Life and The General Store).

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