Braised Lamb Shanks With Charred Lettuce And Peas Easter Dinner The Main Course.
I wanted to make lamb for Easter but wanted to do something different than the more traditional leg of lamb, I saw this recipe the other day in an email I got from Tasting Table (you can find the recipe by clicking on the link). It immediately spoke to me, maybe that sounds silly but I am sure there have been recipes you have seen that you immediately knew you had to make, well thats what I mean here. I knew I had to make it, the combination of lamb shanks slowly braised until they are fall off the bone tender atop delicious spring peas and grilled lettuce is a marriage made in heaven in my opinion. To top it off you drizzle the lamb with a mint,garlic and crisped shallot sauce. It’s beautiful, the very essence of Spring and ridiculously delicious. I decided to add a few more ingredients to this dish, some micro potatoes roasted until the skin is crisp and some roasted carrots. The platter is beautiful, the flavors assertive and fresh. It’s a wonderful meal, it’s not quick to make but it is a holiday. Happy Holidays to All of you, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends and some amazing food.
Note: I did modify this recipe a bit. I did not use anchovies, instead I made a paste with garlic, sea salt, worcestershire sauce and rubbed that into the shanks. I also did not put them in the fridge uncovered, put them in zip lock bags and stored overnight. It worked just fine. I also did not brown the shanks in the oven I used my pan, I wanted to have all those lovely brown bits. When I put them back in the oven I kept at 400 for 15 minutes then reduced the heat to 325 degree’s, I wanted a slow braise. The result was pretty much the same, the meat was fall off the bone tender and the sauce reduced nicely in my pot.
Meat and peas and lettuce
What an amazing Easter dinner! Have a wonderful Easter with your pup and family. I’ve been absent a bit in general with a very sick puppy. Hoping she’s finally on the mend now. Sorry!!
Susan now you have me worried whats wrong with your puppy. I do hope she is ok. Thank you so much. Rushing over to your site to see if you talk about it. I have been so busy I’m afraid I haven’t seen any posts but it’s possible I missed them. Please let me know how the pup is doing.
I read your husbands post about Rikka, thank goodness she is doing better. I was very happy to read that and his post was insightful.
Gasp! My mouth started watering the second i looked at that platter. Thanks for your description of the changes you made — that sounds much more workable. Oh, and i’m loving the “pug bunnies” you’ve used today. Mega-hugs! 🙂 ❤
I really wish i had even a drop of the amount of talent you have as a chef Suzanne. Honestly. May your springtime dreams blossom into reality. Hugs.
Aren’t those pug bunnies the best, pugs are wonderful, there personalities are so great, they are quirky, sweet little dogs. You are too kind, thank you for being so supportive, I truly appreciate it. You are one of the most talented writers out there, always remember that,
Happy Easter. I don’t think Easter would be the same without lamb, this looks and sounds like a truly delicious Easter lunch. 😉
I agree, love lamb and it’s almost mandatory for Easter, Thank you so much,
How long do I put mine in the microwave for when it arrives Suzanne? I’ve decided that from now on if you’re going to make me dribble you’re going to have to feed me.
I hope you’re having a Fantastic weekend
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
David you make me smile, I hope one day we can sit down to a meal together, You are a gem, thank you so much,
Just awesome……. great job
Thank you so much. Happy Easter.
Vegetable porn! Hah! Love it. And I’m loving the sound of the crispy shallot gravy? Did I read that right? Crisped shallot sauce. Will have to check that out.
Hoping you’re having a great Easter w/end.
Hi Johnny, it isn’t a gravy it’s like a topping, mint, dill, garlic and crisped shallots. Kind of like a germinata with crispy shallots. Hope you had a great day!
Happy Easter Suzanne! I hope you had a fabulous Easter Supper ❤️
Thanks Sonal, it was very nicel Thank you and hope you had a wonderful day!!
Just got back from the vacation and settling down now!!
Everything looks so very tasty! Love the fennel with the lamb. 🙂
Thank you, it was a great combination. So glad to have found the recipe. Happy Easter.
Love the lamb, we has leg of lamb today too! Grilled it, your Easter dinner looks wonderful and oh so delicious!!
Thanks Michael, believe it or not I have never had lamb grilled on the BBQ, I bet it was delicious. Hope you had a great day and thank you.
Looks delicious Suzanne! Happy Easter!
Thanks so much Anatoli, Happy Easter to you too!
Greetings Suzanne, as I knew in advance your Easter Meal I was delighted to read all about it! Wonderful as always! Pssst. Izzy’s lil’ nose was sniffin” around while it was cooking!!! Hugs to Nando. Smile my friend!!!
She loved lamb and especially when I braised it with vegetables. I bet her little nose was sniffin today, Thanks Cheryl I hope your day was wonderful.
It was a wonderful Day! Ate way too much so I’ll have to walk extra on the beach this week coming-HA!
Me too, but no beach, will have to stick to the sidewalks of NY!!
This looks sooooooooo delicious. And carrots and fennel, what a combo!
Thank you so much Mike!
I love lamb shanks, what a great idea to make them for Easter. I will try to remember this for next year.
Thanks so much Gerlinde, the shanks were a really nice break from the usual leg of lamb.
Oh dear, now you’ve got me craving lamb shanks for dinner Suzanne! Might need to go and see if I can pick some up from the supermarket. What a feast you’ve created here… it really does look sensational!
Thanks Margot I really enjoyed the meal. It was really a nice mix of flavors.
Can you please invite the Hungry Dad next time you serve this?! I don’t eat meat but this is his idea of heaven 😉
Of course, consider it an open invite. Thanks so much.
u may live to regret this 😉
I can live with that!!!
Happy Easter Suzanne and your Lamb Shanks looks absolutely tasty and delicious. Love the presentation 🙂
Thanks so much Linda.
Great platter! M drooling!
Thank you so much.
Delicious layout. Yummm…
The colors are so pretty, very spring like. Thanks so much.
Yeah so fresh and vibrant. .
Girl this meal absolutely looks delicious!!!!! Wish I could have sat at your table yesterday!!! 🙂
Thanks Amy, would love for you to come to dinner sometime.
And what a wonderful main course too! Lamb shank and peas sounds like a divine combo to me.
Thank you so much Stefano, it was a wonderful combo.
Great combination of colours, textures and flavours! Wow…looks like a beautiful, satisfying meal
Wow full of veggies lovely combo… love carrots and fennel teaming there dear Suzanne. ..
Thank you Chitra, the veggies were wonderful it was such a nice meal.
Perfect Easter meal! We had lamb too! Yours looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks Michele, paired with a Rioja, it was terrific.
Gorgeous looking dinner Suzanne. I stood looking at the lamb at the market the other day but couldn’t come up with a way to prepare it. Looks like I’ll have to pick some up for this week because I must make this!
It’s a fantastic recipe highly recommend. Thank you so much.
Absolutely gorgeous platter, Suzanne. It is so inviting. I am late, but seems you had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
Thank you so much Fae, yes it was a great weekend.
I can almost taste your dinner on the tip of my tongue…it looks lovely and I’m sure the fennel gave a most exquisite fresh taste. Happy Easter Suzanne, a little late.
You know I was on the fence about using fennel, I had never had with lamb before but it was wonderful, gave the braising liquid broth such a wonderful flavor Thank you so much and hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.
What a fantastic concoction – looks so inviting. I especially love fennel and peas with lamb. Hope you had a happy Easter…
Thank you so much. Everything was great together, I love it when a new recipe works.
What a beautiful meal, Suzanne. I don’t eat lamb, but your shanks are so gorgeously done that even I am tempted. 🙂 Don’t you love fresh peas? They make me happy! Hope the sun is shining there today and you have a great one!
Some people don’t like lamb, I grew up eating it, my Mom’s lamb stew was one of my favorite things. I do love fresh peas, the gorgeous bright green color makes me happy too!! Thank you so much, it was a beautiful weekend.
Oh yeah that’s the biz!
I thought of you Mr. Fitz when I put that platter together,
Plate full of spring Suzanne! I’d be so happy to find that on my table!! You are amazing at pulling the right ingredients together…
You are too sweet, thank you so much.
What an impressive presentation, Suzanne! Not only does that lamb look delicious, but it sounds absolutely mouthwateringly delicious! You are an instinctual cook and it shows. Another wonderful post! Hope you had a lovely Easter!!
Oh I feel terrible I am just seeing this. Thank you so much Christina for your kind words.Hope your Easter was amazing. I know the food was for sure.
What a fantastic meal! I love lamb shanks and just haven’t been brave enough to do a blog post about them. Hmmmm, yours look delicious! Wish I could have been there! 😉
I do too Serena, love lamb shanks. They are really so easy because you braise in the oven they pretty much take care of themselves. Would love to see what you do with them.
This looks like a divine dish, and I am missing yoru posts, not sure whether it is that i have so many to catch up on from being away. This with a few tweeks would fit in to my low FODMAP diet, I am sooo going to do this one, thank you 🙂 x
Thanks Justine, hope you are doing well on your special diet and are feeling well. I always enjoy your posts especially the photographs.
Thank you 😃 ps I just made a pug poster on my Instagram you can see it on my blog widget that holds Instagram pics! Thought of you when I made it x I can send you a copy of you like x
Oh heading over to look at it. Yes would love it. Thank you so much.
Just followed you on instagram, love the poster. so cool. I want it as my screensaver.
What a fabulous tasty divine Easter dinner! It looked fantastic & that is why, I made this lovely meal, a few days ago!
My hubby Peter & I both loved the flavors in here! xxx