Balsamic and Caramelized Onion Braised American Lamb Shanks over White Bean & Winter Greens Risotto
Balsamic and Caramelized Onion Braised American Lamb Shanks over White Bean & Winter Greens Risotto
Balsamic and Caramelized Onion Braised American Lamb Shanks over White Bean & Winter Greens Risotto

Balsamic and Caramelized Onion Braised American Lamb Shanks over White Bean & Winter Greens Risotto

  

June 1, 2020

The low and slow method works to leave you with juicy and flavorful fork tender” meat while the bone-in presentation makes for impressive serving! 

  • Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 bone-in American lamb shanks

kosher salt; to taste

fresh ground black pepper; to taste

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1 medium yellow onion; thinly sliced

1 medium red onion; thinly sliced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

4 cups beef stock

2 sprigs thyme

For the white bean and winter greens risotto

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic; minced

1 bunch red chard; remove stems and roughly chop

1 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup white wine

3 cups chicken stock; warmed

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese; grated

kosher salt; to taste

1 can cannellini beans; 15 oz can; rinse and drain

Directions

1Preheat oven to 325ºF.

2Pat the lamb shanks dry then season them all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the flour and set aside. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the lamb shanks (working in batches if necessary) and sear until golden brown all over, about 6 minutes total. Remove the lamb shanks to a plate, reserving as much oil in the pot as possibl

3Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the onions and sauté until wilted and opaque. Turn heat down to reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light brown and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar then return the lamb shanks to the pot and pour in the beef stock and thyme.

4Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil then cover and move to the oven. Braise the lamb shanks, turning once, until fork tender, about 2 hours.

For the white bean and winter greens risotto

1Heat a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chard and sauté until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir, cooking until the rice is toasted, about 2 minutes.

2Add the wine and cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add ¼ cup of the chicken stock. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir constantly until all stock has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock ¼ cup at a time, stirring frequently, until all of the stock has been used and rice is al dente, about 20 to 25 minutes. Once the risotto is al dente remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and the beans. Season to taste with salt then set aside and keep warm.

For serving

1Divide the risotto among 4 warmed serving bowls. Top each with a lamb shank then spoon some of the sauce and onions over the top. Serve immediately.

Recipe and photos courtesy of American Lamb Board and Cooking with Cocktail Rings

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