Lamb Shank Ragù with Anson Mills Grits Recipe

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Lamb Shank Ragù with Anson Mills Grits
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  1. Make ragù: Pat lamb shanks dry and season with kosher salt (rounded 1/2 teaspoon) and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown shanks on all sides, 6 to 7 minutes, then transfer to paper towels to drain. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pot, then cook onion, garlic, plum tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, and fennel with thyme, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Return lamb shanks to pot with stock, bourbon, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and honey and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until meat is very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove meat from bones, discarding bones, and skim fat from cooking liquid, then return meat to pot. Simmer ragù, uncovered, stirring frequently, 15 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir in radicchio and scallion.
  5. Make grits while ragù finishes cooking: Bring stock, water, and milk to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add grits in a stream, whisking, then cook over low heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until grits are tender and thickened to the consistency of loose oatmeal, about 20 minutes.
  6. Toward end of cooking, finely grate one fourth of cheese (1 cup) and add to grits along with sour cream, sea salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until cheese has melted. If grits are too thick, stir in some additional milk.
  7. Serve ragù over grits and top with shavings of cheese.
  8. Cooks' note: Ragù, without radicchio and scallion, can be made 3 days ahead and chilled. Reheat, then add radicchio and scallion.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 891.86 Kcal (3734 kJ)
Calories from fat 551.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61.28g 94%
Cholesterol 202.5mg 67%
Sodium 1266.72mg 53%
Potassium 697.12mg 15%
Total Carbs 18.54g 6%
Sugars 8.49g 34%
Dietary Fiber 1.62g 6%
Protein 54.11g 108%
Vitamin C 6.8mg 11%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Calcium 894mg 89%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 138.61 Kcal (580 kJ)
Calories from fat 85.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.52g 94%
Cholesterol 31.47mg 67%
Sodium 196.88mg 53%
Potassium 108.35mg 15%
Total Carbs 2.88g 6%
Sugars 1.32g 34%
Dietary Fiber 0.25g 6%
Protein 8.41g 108%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 11%
Iron 0.6mg 20%
Calcium 138.9mg 89%

* 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

  • 22.6
  • 23

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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