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lamb shanks braised in stout

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Sue Stone
Corning, CA

Posted for Culinary Quest - Ireland Note: Cooking time includes cooking the "chat potatoes"

(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For lamb shanks braised in stout

  • 4
    lamb shanks (about 1 lb. each)
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil, plus additional as needed
  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 sprig
    each fresh rosemary and fresh thyme
  • 1 bottle
    irish stout (guinness or murphy's) 11 oz.
  • 2 to 3 c
    chicken broth, reduced sodium
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh mint

How To Make lamb shanks braised in stout

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 325ºF. Trim excess fat from lamb (Do not remove all fat or shanks will fall apart). Dust lamb shanks with flour. Heat 1/4 cup oil in large roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add lamb in batches; cook until browned on all sides. Remove to bowl.
  • 2
    Add additional oil to pan, if needed, to make about 2 Tablespoons. Add onions; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Return lamb shanks and any accumulated juices to pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Tuck rosemary and thyme sprigs around lamb. Add stout to pan; pour in broth to almost cover lamb.
  • 3
    Cover and bake 2 hours or until lamb is very tender and almost falling off bones. Prepare Smashed Chat Potatoes (see below). Remove lamb from pan; keep warm. Skim fat from juices in pan; boil until reduced by half. Strain sauce. Serve lamb over potatoes; pour juice over lamb and potatoes, sprinkle with mint.
  • 4
    Smashed Chat Potatoes: 1-1/2 lbs. unpeeled small white potatoes 1 Tablespoon butter Salt and pepper, to taste --Bring large saucepan of water to boil. Add potatoes; simmer over medium-low heat about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain potatoes; return to saucepan and stir in butter until melted. Partially smash potatoes with fork. Season with salt and pepper. **Note: In Ireland, "chat potatoes" are small white potatoes most often served whole and unpeeled after steaming or boiling. Any small potato may be substituted.

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