• Braised Lamb Shanks With Dried Fruits

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Braised Lamb Shanks With Dried Fruits

Reference:

Gourmet, April 1996

Prep:

Prep: 10 minutes; Total: 4 hours (includes churning, freezing, and softening time)

Servings:

Serves 6.

Ingredients
For marinade
2 cups dry white wine
5 tbsps olive oil
4 shallots, chopped fine
4 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 leek (white and pale green part only), halved lengthwise, washed
well, and chopped fine
a bouquet garni

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Make marinade:
Step 2 In a 9- to 10-quart heavy ovenproof kettle whisk together marinade ingredients.
Step 3 Add shanks to marinade and toss to coat. Marinate shanks, covered and chilled, at least 8 hours or overnight.
Step 4 Preheat oven to 325F.
Step 5 Transfer shanks with tongs to a plate. Pat shanks dry and season with salt and pepper. Pour marinade through a sieve set over a bowl and reserve vegetables, liquid, and bouquet garni separately. In kettle heat 2 tablespoons oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and brown shanks on all sides in batches, transferring to a plate. Add reserved vegetables to fat remaining in kettle and cook, stirring occasionally,
Step 6 5 minutes. Add vegetables to shanks.
Step 7 Add flour to kettle and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, 3 minutes, or until golden. Whisk in reserved marinade liquid and add reserved bouquet garni, shank mixture, and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half. Add water and braise mixture, covered, in middle of oven 2 hours, or until lamb is tender.
Step 8 While shanks are braising, peel and core apples and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices. In a large heavy skillet heat remaining tablespoon oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook apples, stirring, 2 minutes. Add orange juice and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Keep apple mixture warm.
Step 9 Arrange shanks around edge of a large platter and spoon apple mixture into center of platter. Keep shanks and apple mixture warm.
Step 10 Bring braising liquid to a boil, skimming any fat that rises to surface, and discard bouquet garni. Add dried fruits and mint and simmer sauce 5 minutes, or until fruits are softened. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over shanks. Serve any remaining sauce separately.