Shanks for Two

Lamb shanks are the most tender and flavorful of all the lamb stew cuts. They are perfect as a party dish or as a simple dish for two.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole Italian tomatoes, undrained
  • 28 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat the oven to 325 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan and brown the onion. Add the lamb shanks and brown them on all sides. Add the tomatoes. Add water halfway up the sides of the tomato can, swirl to pick up leftover tomato and juice, then add water to fill the can. Add it to the saute pan along with the thyme, basil, ginger, salt and pepper.

Bring the pan contents to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 2 1/2 hours, until the lamb is tender.

Makes 2 servings.