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Braised Lamb Shanks With Charred Lettuce And Peas Easter Dinner The Main Course.

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

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.

Vegetable porn for the braising liquid

Vegetable porn for the braising liquid

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

  • Meat and peas and lettuce

Meat and peas and lettuce

Carrots and potatoes too!

Carrots and potatoes too!

 
Photo's courtesy of google

Photo’s courtesy of google

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  1. 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!!

    April 5, 2015
    • 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.

      April 5, 2015
    • 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.

      April 5, 2015
  2. 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! 🙂 ❤

    April 5, 2015
    • 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.

      April 5, 2015
      • 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,

        April 5, 2015
  3. Happy Easter. I don’t think Easter would be the same without lamb, this looks and sounds like a truly delicious Easter lunch. 😉

    April 5, 2015
    • I agree, love lamb and it’s almost mandatory for Easter, Thank you so much,

      April 5, 2015
  4. 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

    April 5, 2015
    • 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,

      April 5, 2015
  5. Just awesome……. great job

    April 5, 2015
  6. 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.

    April 5, 2015
    • 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!

      April 5, 2015
  7. Happy Easter Suzanne! I hope you had a fabulous Easter Supper ❤️

    April 5, 2015
    • Thanks Sonal, it was very nicel Thank you and hope you had a wonderful day!!

      April 5, 2015
      • Yay 🙂
        Just got back from the vacation and settling down now!!

        April 5, 2015
  8. Everything looks so very tasty! Love the fennel with the lamb. 🙂

    April 5, 2015
    • Thank you, it was a great combination. So glad to have found the recipe. Happy Easter.

      April 5, 2015
  9. Love the lamb, we has leg of lamb today too! Grilled it, your Easter dinner looks wonderful and oh so delicious!!

    April 5, 2015
    • 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.

      April 5, 2015
  10. talkavino #

    Looks delicious Suzanne! Happy Easter!

    April 5, 2015
  11. 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!!!

    April 5, 2015
    • 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.

      April 5, 2015
      • It was a wonderful Day! Ate way too much so I’ll have to walk extra on the beach this week coming-HA!

        April 5, 2015
      • Me too, but no beach, will have to stick to the sidewalks of NY!!

        April 5, 2015
  12. This looks sooooooooo delicious. And carrots and fennel, what a combo!

    April 5, 2015
  13. I love lamb shanks, what a great idea to make them for Easter. I will try to remember this for next year.

    April 5, 2015
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde, the shanks were a really nice break from the usual leg of lamb.

      April 6, 2015
  14. 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!

    April 5, 2015
    • Thanks Margot I really enjoyed the meal. It was really a nice mix of flavors.

      April 6, 2015
  15. Can you please invite the Hungry Dad next time you serve this?! I don’t eat meat but this is his idea of heaven 😉

    April 5, 2015
  16. Happy Easter Suzanne and your Lamb Shanks looks absolutely tasty and delicious. Love the presentation 🙂

    April 6, 2015
  17. Great platter! M drooling!

    April 6, 2015
  18. skd #

    Delicious layout. Yummm…

    April 6, 2015
    • The colors are so pretty, very spring like. Thanks so much.

      April 6, 2015
      • skd #

        Yeah so fresh and vibrant. .

        April 6, 2015
  19. Girl this meal absolutely looks delicious!!!!! Wish I could have sat at your table yesterday!!! 🙂

    April 6, 2015
  20. And what a wonderful main course too! Lamb shank and peas sounds like a divine combo to me.
    Outstanding, Suzanne!

    April 6, 2015
  21. Great combination of colours, textures and flavours! Wow…looks like a beautiful, satisfying meal

    April 6, 2015
  22. Wow full of veggies lovely combo… love carrots and fennel teaming there dear Suzanne. ..

    April 6, 2015
    • Thank you Chitra, the veggies were wonderful it was such a nice meal.

      April 6, 2015
  23. Perfect Easter meal! We had lamb too! Yours looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    April 6, 2015
  24. 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!

    April 6, 2015
  25. Absolutely gorgeous platter, Suzanne. It is so inviting. I am late, but seems you had a wonderful Holiday weekend.

    April 6, 2015
  26. 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.

    April 7, 2015
    • 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.

      April 7, 2015
  27. What a fantastic concoction – looks so inviting. I especially love fennel and peas with lamb. Hope you had a happy Easter…

    April 7, 2015
    • Thank you so much. Everything was great together, I love it when a new recipe works.

      April 7, 2015
  28. 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!

    April 7, 2015
    • 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.

      April 7, 2015
  29. Oh yeah that’s the biz!

    April 7, 2015
  30. 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…

    April 9, 2015
  31. 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!!

    April 9, 2015
    • 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.

      April 15, 2015
  32. 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! 😉

    April 9, 2015
    • 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.

      April 15, 2015
  33. 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

    April 9, 2015
    • Thanks Justine, hope you are doing well on your special diet and are feeling well. I always enjoy your posts especially the photographs.

      April 15, 2015
      • 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

        April 16, 2015
      • Oh heading over to look at it. Yes would love it. Thank you so much.

        April 16, 2015
      • Just followed you on instagram, love the poster. so cool. I want it as my screensaver.

        April 16, 2015
  34. 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

    May 4, 2015

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