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Hard Cider-Braised Lamb Shanks

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From EatingWell:  September/October 2009

Serve these succulent braised lamb shanks dressed in a savory apple-shallot sauce for a special fall supper. The shank, a tougher cut of meat from the top of the leg, becomes fall-off-the-bone tender after simmering in hard cider. Don’t skimp on the shallots: peeling 12 of them takes some time, but they are the base for the rich sauce. Serve over mashed rutabaga or potatoes.

4 servings | Active Time: 1 hour | Total Time: 2 3/4 hours

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Rub salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper onto lamb shanks. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge the lamb in the flour to lightly coat on all sides. Tap off any excess flour.
  2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the lamb shanks and brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add shallots and garlic to the pan; cook, stirring, until beginning to brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour in hard cider (it may splatter); bring to a boil. Add rosemary sprig.
  4. Return the lamb and any accumulated juices to the pan. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and simmer, checking every 45 minutes to make sure the meat side of the shank is mostly submerged in the cooking liquid, until the lamb is fork- tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours total.
  5. Transfer the lamb to a serving platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
  6. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 minutes. Stir in apples and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender (but not falling apart), 10 to 15 minutes more. Return the lamb to the pan, turn to coat with sauce and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the rosemary sprig. Serve the lamb with the sauce.

Nutrition

Per serving : 482 Calories; 13 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 8 g Mono; 94 mg Cholesterol; 41 g Carbohydrates; 31 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 284 mg Sodium; 525 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fruit, 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

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