April 3rd, 2017
Chef Toben from Toben Food by Design
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Preheat a Dutch oven on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt and pepper.
Place the vegetable oil in the pan and sear the seasoned lamb shanks on all sides for 2-3 minutes per side to achieve a deep golden brown colour. Remove the browned lamb shanks from the pot.
Add the celery, onion and carrots into the Dutch oven and brown for 3-4 minutes until they are lightly caramelized. Stir the tomato paste into the caramelized vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Add in the beer and scrap the bottom of the pan to pick up any browned caramelized bits from the vegetables and meat. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Place the thyme, rosemary, juniper berries, red wine, beef stock and lamb shanks into the pot. Bring all the ingredients to a full rolling boil on high heat and turn down to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Cover the pot with a lid or tin foil and oven braise the lamb for 1.5-2 hours until the meat is barely hanging onto the bone and very tender.
Remove the lamb shanks from the braising liquid and place on a baking sheet. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out all the vegetables and herbs from the braising liquid into a large heavy bottomed sauce pot.
Simmer the braising liquid on a medium low heat – approximately 25-30 minutes until it has reduced in volume by half. Taste the liquid and adjust with salt and pepper.
Place the lamb shanks back into the reduced braising liquid and place in the oven, covered for 15-20 minutes until they are once again very hot. Transfer to a braising pot and serve immediately.