Today I asked Don if he wanted lamb for dinner and his enthusiastic reply was, ‘Oh, yeah! I will get us a nice bottle of red wine to go with it’ What a guy! So, Lamb Shanks – Osso Buco Style is what we are having for dinner tonight. Yum!
This recipe for Lamb Shanks – Osso Buco Style is a favorite entrée at our home. The meaty lamb shanks are oven braised for two to three hours with a combination of vegetables, garlic, wine and fresh herbs.
The finished lamb shanks are tender and insanely delicious swimming in a rich bed of veggies and sauce.
What is Osso Buco?
Osso Buco originated in Milan where veal shank is traditionally used in the preparation.
The name, Osso Buco is Italian for bone with a hole in it which refers to the marrow hole at the center of the cross-cut veal shank. However, seeing as I do not ‘do’ veal and Don loves lamb I prepare Osso Buco with lamb shanks.
This is a very uncomplicated recipe and makes a wonderful entrée to serve for a special occasion. Before serving to guests, although I do verify that they like the taste of lamb.
When I was growing up lamb was not something that my mom prepared as my dad preferred beef. He said he had enough lamb during his sheep-shearing days.
I had not experienced the great pleasure of the taste of lamb until I was married and my good friend, Kathy, invited us for dinner and roasted a leg of lamb. I was hooked!! Lamb in some form finds its way to our table quite often.
How to Prepare Lamb Shanks – Osso Buco Style
It all begins with a couple nice meaty lamb shanks. I am using American lamb shanks and I asked the butcher to not cut them at the joint. Australian or New Zealand lamb shanks can also be used if they are available in your area.
The lamb shanks are seasoned with salt and pepper then they get a good browning in a heavy-bottomed, lidded Braiser or Dutch oven.
Next, chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic are sautéed just until softened. Crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock, wine and fresh rosemary and thyme are added. Then those lovely, browned lamb shanks are snuggled down into the mixture and the covered pot is transferred to the oven for a long, slow braise.
During the cooking your kitchen will be filled with the most incredible aroma!
The lamb shanks and vegetables do their magic transforming these simple ingredients into an insanely delicious dinner entrée.
All you need to complete this awesome dinner is a dish of creamy polenta, a crisp salad, a crusty loaf of bread and your favorite red wine. Enjoy!
More Great Recipes:
- Braised Herb Lamb Shanks
- Chipotle Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner
- Roasted Duck Legs with Orange Sauce and Wild Rice
Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine
For more great lamb recipes see the post on Our Best Lamb Recipes. You will be inspired!
Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 638 Total Fat 45g Saturated Fat 14g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 29g Cholesterol 76mg Sodium 633mg Carbohydrates 23g Fiber 5g Sugar 9g Protein 17g