Braised Lamb Shanks with Coriander, Fennel, and Star Anise Recipe

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Coriander, Fennel, and Star Anise
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  1. Mix coriander, fennel, and peppercorns in heavy small skillet. Toast on medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker, about 2 minutes. Transfer to spice grinder; process until finely ground. Rub each shank with 1 rounded teaspoon spice blend. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large wide pot over medium-high heat. Add shanks to pot. Cook until brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to same pot. Add onion and next 4 ingredients; sauté over medium heat until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add remaining spice blend and stir 1 minute. Add Port and simmer until liquid is reduced to 2/3 cup, about 15 minutes. Add both broths; boil until liquid is reduced to 3 1/2 cups, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Return shanks to pot. Add cloves, star anise, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper. Cover pot with foil, then lid. Place pot in oven and braise lamb until tender, about 2 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Uncover and cool slightly. Place in refrigerator until cool, then cover and keep refrigerated. Rewarm in 350°F oven for 20 minutes before serving.)
  4. Place 1 lamb shank on each of 4 plates. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce and vegetables over lamb and serve.
  5. *Brown, star-shaped seed pods; available in the spice section of some supermarkets, at Asian markets, and at specialty foods stores.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1645.82 Kcal (6891 kJ)
Calories from fat 945.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 105.06g 162%
Cholesterol 435.56mg 145%
Sodium 1550.12mg 65%
Potassium 1473.95mg 31%
Total Carbs 18.96g 6%
Sugars 5.03g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5.46g 22%
Protein 111.74g 223%
Vitamin C 12.6mg 21%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 10%
Iron 12.9mg 72%
Calcium 173.4mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 118.32 Kcal (495 kJ)
Calories from fat 67.97 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.55g 162%
Cholesterol 31.31mg 145%
Sodium 111.44mg 65%
Potassium 105.96mg 31%
Total Carbs 1.36g 6%
Sugars 0.36g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0.39g 22%
Protein 8.03g 223%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 21%
Iron 0.9mg 72%
Calcium 12.5mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 40.9
  • 39

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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