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Lamb shank braised in stout gravy with watercress salad

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 4 tablespoon large lamb shanks (1 to 1 1/2 pounds each)
  • 1 tablespoon large white onion, cut into l1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoon celery stalks, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 2 tablespoon carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon small leek, halved, sliced crosswise, and washed well
  • 6 tablespoon garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoon bay leaves, preferably fresh
  • 1 tablespoon (16-ounce) can san marzano tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 tablespoon (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 cup dry red wine
  • 4 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 4 cup (12-ounce) bottles guinness stout
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 5 cup fresh marjoram sprigs
  • 1 bunch baby carrots juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 bunch es watercress, tough stems removed

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the coriander seeds, fennel seeds and peppercorns in a small, heavy skillet.

Toast over medium-high heat until the seeds are aromatic and slightly darker, about 2 minutes.

Transfer to a spice grinder or use a mortar and pestle to grind to a fine powder.

Rub each shank with a generous teaspoon of the spice blend and sprinkle with salt.

Heat a 4-count of oil in a large, wide, heavy pot over high heat.

Add the shanks and brown on all sides, turning often, about 15 minutes.

Remove the shanks from the pan.

Add a 2-count of oil to the same pot, then add the onions, celery, carrots, leeks, garlic, and bay leaves.

Saute over high heat until the vegetables start to soften and take on some color, about 15 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, (crushing them by hand), tomato paste, and red wine.

Stir to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes over high heat.

Add the beef broth and Guinness, then return the seared lamb shanks to the pot, nestling them into the liquid.

Bring the braising liquid to a simmer, then cover the pot and slide it into the oven.

Braise the shanks for 2 1/2 hours total, adding the thyme and marjoram to the pot after 2 hours.

The lamb should be tender and falling away from the bone.

While the shanks braise, place the carrots on a baking sheet.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until nearly tender.

Transfer the shanks to a plate, then strain the braising liquid through a fine-mesh sieve.

Return the sauce and shanks to the pot to combine.

Toss the watercress with the lemon juice and serve with the shanks, spooning plenty of the stout gravy on top.

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