Braised Lamb Shank with Garbanzo Beans, Apricots, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant & Mint Salad

Serves 2

Braised lamb

Ingredients

  • 2, 1lb. lamb shanks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup small dice onion
  • 1 cup small dice celery
  • 1 cup small dice carrot
  • Bouquet including: thyme, parsley, bay leaf, rosemary - tied together
  • 2 Cups red wine
  • 6 Cups veal stock

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Using a large pot, sear lamb in oil over medium high heat on all sides until dark and caramelized all over.

Add mirepoix and bouquet and sweat for 5 minutes.

Deglaze with red wine, reduce by 75%.

Add veal stock and cover.

Place in oven until tender, about 2 hours.

Remove shanks and let rest, strain liquid and reduce by 50%.

Return shanks to pot, baste and glaze until hot and sauce is nape, or when the sauce becomes thickened.

Salad

Ingredients

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Orange zest
  • Olive oil

Garbanzo beans

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 1 carrot large dice
  • 12 whole dried apricots
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans (soaked in water overnight)
  • 5 cups veal stock
  • Bouquet including: parsley, thyme, black peppercorns, leek greens - wrapper in cheesecloth
  • 1 cup large dice sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup large dice eggplant
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Using a medium sized pot, sweat garlic, onions, carrots and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until translucent, with no color.

Add the apricots and soaked beans.

Cover with veal stock and add bouquet.

Cover and slowly simmer until beans are tender, about one hour. Drain.

In two separate pans, cook sweet potatoes and eggplant in 1 tablespoon of oil, season to taste.

Combine sweet potatoes and eggplant into cooked beans, check seasoning.

Serve braised lamb shanks on a bed of garbanzo bean and vegetable mixture, garnish with a salad mixture of mint, parsley, orange zest & olive oil.

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