Mark's Baked Lamb Shanks

Number served:

Ingredients:

  • lamb shank - 4 piece
  • dried thyme (fresh thyme if you have it) - 1/3 teaspoon
  • black pepper - 1 teaspoon
  • salt - 1 teaspoon
  • brown onions - 3/4 cup
  • olive oil - 2 tablespoon
  • fresh garlic - 2 tablespoon
  • dry rosemary (fresh rosemary if you have it) - 1 tablespoon
  • white wine - 8 fl
  • saffron - 1/2 teaspoon

Directions:

Start by cutting off excess fat from the lamb shanks. You will notice clear membrane covering most of the meat; try to remove most of this membrane with a sharp knife - however, do not remove any of the meat, just the membrane.

Coarsely chop the onion and garlic. Then add all ingredients to a covered oven baking dish. Depending on the size of the dish, the lamb shanks will probably be about 1/3 covered by liquid. Add enough water to cover about 1/2 to 2/3 of the lamb shanks.

Place the covered baking dish in the refrigerator for a time interval of 1 hour to overnight. If possible during this period, occasionally turn the lamb shanks in the liquid.

Turn the oven on and set it to 325 degrees F. It is not really necessary to preheat the oven. Cook the covered lamb shanks for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Then uncover the lamb shanks and let them cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes to allow some of the liquid to dry up. You will want some liquid for serving the lamb shanks. You will want to serve the lamb shanks with:

* A large helping of steamed vegetables * A side dish of a small serving of either noodles, baked potato, or rice

Place one lamb shank on each plate with the vegetables and other side dish. Then spoon some of the liquid from the baking dish over the lamb shanks. This liquid will contain a fair amount of fat so while you should generously spoon it over the lamb shanks please avoid pouring it over the vegetables and side dish. Some of the liquid will flow on the plate into the vegetables and side dish which is OK and adds flavor.

Get creative: based on the statistics of over 100,000 recipes, here are some other ingredients that are commonly used with the ingredients in this recipe that you might want to experiment by adding one or two of the following (amounts adjusted assuming you making 4 servings):

  • coconut oil : 1 teaspoon
  • balsamic vinegar : 1/2 tablespoon
  • fresh rosemary : 1/4 teaspoon
  • fresh thyme : 1/4 teaspoon
  • fresh basil : 1 tablespoon
  • dried oregano : 1/4 teaspoon
  • dried basil : 1/4 teaspoon
  • red wine vinegar : 1/2 tablespoon
  • red pepper flakes : 1/4 teaspoon
  • capers : 1/4 teaspoon

Approximate nutrients
per serving
(% daily requirement):


  • iron 301%

    white wine: 119%
    olive oil: 2%
    brown onions: 3%
    lamb shank: 175%

  • vitamin_b12 140%

    lamb shank: 140%

  • protein 74%

    lamb shank: 74%

  • fat_mono_unsaturated 60%

    olive oil: 22%
    lamb shank: 38%

  • niacin 57%

    lamb shank: 57%

  • cholesterol 52%

    lamb shank: 52%

  • fat_saturated 46%

    olive oil: 4%
    lamb shank: 41%

  • phosphorus 41%

    white wine: 5%
    brown onions: 1%
    lamb shank: 35%

  • choline 38%

    lamb shank: 38%

  • copper 26%

    white wine: 5%
    brown onions: 1%
    lamb shank: 20%

  • riboflavin 25%

    lamb shank: 25%

  • energy_in_kcal 23%

    white wine: 4%
    olive oil: 2%
    lamb shank: 16%

  • pantothenic_acid 18%

    lamb shank: 18%

  • manganese 16%

    white wine: 12%
    brown onions: 2%
    lamb shank: 2%

  • magnesium 16%

    white wine: 5%
    lamb shank: 10%

  • vitamin_b6 14%

    brown onions: 2%
    lamb shank: 11%

  • potassium 12%

    white wine: 3%
    lamb shank: 8%

  • vitamin_k 11%

    olive oil: 4%
    lamb shank: 7%

  • zinc 10%

    lamb shank: 10%

  • fat_poly_unsaturated 9%

    olive oil: 3%
    lamb shank: 6%

  • sodium 9%

    white wine: 2%
    lamb shank: 7%

  • selenium 8%

    lamb shank: 8%

  • vitamin_e 8%

    olive oil: 6%
    lamb shank: 1%

  • thiamin 7%

    brown onions: 1%
    lamb shank: 6%

  • food_folate 7%

    brown onions: 1%
    lamb shank: 6%

  • folate_total 7%

    brown onions: 1%
    lamb shank: 6%

  • vitamin_c 6%

    white wine: 3%
    brown onions: 2%