Braised Lamb Shanks with White Beans Recipe

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Braised Lamb Shanks with White Beans
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  1. Make lamb shanks: Pat lamb shanks dry and season with salt and pepper. In an 8-quart heavy flameproof casserole heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown lamb shanks well in batches, transferring to a plate as browned. To casserole add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and sauté until onion is softened. Add wine and simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to about 3 cups. Return lamb shanks to casserole and stir in broth, tomato paste, and thyme. Bring liquid to a boil and simmer, covered, stirring and turning lamb shanks occasionally, 1 1/2 hours. Simmer mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 1 hour more, or until lamb shanks are tender.
  2. Make the gremolata while lamb is cooking: In a small bowl stir together gremolata ingredients.
  3. Make beans while lamb is cooking: In a saucepan heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and cook onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, stirring, 2 or 3 minutes, or until softened. Add beans, 2 cups broth, butter, and bay leaf and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally and adding enough remaining broth to keep beans moist and to reach a creamy consistency, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf and add half of gremolata and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer lamb shanks to a plate and keep warm, covered with foil. Strain braising liquid through a sieve into a saucepan, discarding solids, and stir in butter and tarragon. Boil sauce, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly. Strain sauce through sieve into a bowl and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Sprinkle lamb shanks with remaining gremolata and serve with beans and sauce.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 844.87 Kcal (3537 kJ)
Calories from fat 361.84 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40.2g 62%
Cholesterol 109.08mg 36%
Sodium 1524.41mg 64%
Potassium 1444.22mg 31%
Total Carbs 46.4g 15%
Sugars 6.09g 24%
Dietary Fiber 9.28g 37%
Protein 31.96g 64%
Vitamin C 43.1mg 72%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 17%
Iron 6.5mg 36%
Calcium 191.8mg 19%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 85.63 Kcal (359 kJ)
Calories from fat 36.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.07g 62%
Cholesterol 11.06mg 36%
Sodium 154.5mg 64%
Potassium 146.37mg 31%
Total Carbs 4.7g 15%
Sugars 0.62g 24%
Dietary Fiber 0.94g 37%
Protein 3.24g 64%
Vitamin C 4.4mg 72%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 17%
Iron 0.7mg 36%
Calcium 19.4mg 19%

* 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

  • 19.4
  • 18

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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