Tangy Onion Glazed Lamb Shanks

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An easy dish to prepare, Chef Voula's flavourful lamb shank recipe is a dinner party favourite. Serve individual shanks over celery root mash or mashed potatoes with a scoop of the tasty onion sauce.

Tangy Onion Glazed Lamb Shanks

Serves 6

2 to 3 tbsp (30 to 40 mL) vegetable oil
6 lamb shanks
6 large onions
6 cloves garlic
2 tbsp (30 mL) dried oregano
3 tbsp (45 mL) chili powder
1 tsp (5 mL) ground black pepper
2 cups (500 mL) red wine
2 cups (500 mL) beef broth

Lightly coat a large, wide ovenproof saucepan or Dutch oven with oil and set over medium-high heat. When oil is hot add shanks to pan, a few at a time. Brown lamb shanks on all sides. Add more oil to pan as needed. Remove prepared shanks to a plate and set aside.

Meanwhile, peel then slice onions onto rings, about ½ inch (1 cm) thick. Peel and finely chop garlic. Set aside. Heat oven to 350F (180C).

After removing shanks from pan, reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic and a little more oil to pan, if needed. Cook, stirring often, until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle oregano, chili powder, and black pepper into pan. Stir to combine.

Return shanks to pan. Pour in wine and beef broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Remove from stove. Cover with light or foil and place in preheated oven. Oven braise for 2 to 3 hours, or until fork tender.

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