Ready for a satisfying, hearty and delightful dish? The slow cooked lamb shanks with bean puree is exactly what it is; a hearty dish that can satisfy the hunger and is delightfully delicious. Lamb shank is a simple cut from the lower section of the animal’s leg. It is a tough and cheaper cut of the meat. It is gelatinous because it has a lot of collagen inside the bone and when cooked slowly can be a source of flavors with a heavenly soft and melting texture. White bean puree is an ideal partner for a slow-cooked dish. You can use canned white beans to make the puree. It has a smooth and creamy texture that complements the melt in your mouth taste of the slow cooked lamb shank. It can also be used as a dip for pieces of bread or veggies. This tandem of a dish is simple to make all you need is patience to let them cook gradually. Slow-cooked lamb shank or braised lamb shanks is cooked with white wine to give it a good flavor while the white beans are pureed to give it the velvety smooth sauce. Together as a dish, they are a crowd pleaser and a sure winner in family gatherings. It will certainly make your palate happy and your tummy satisfied.
To fully enjoy any dish, it is worthwhile to note the origin of each ingredient on how it came to be, where did it come from, and what are its health benefits are just among other things that we can dig up about the food we are enjoying eating. This will also give us something to talk about sort of an icebreaker at the dinner table and besides it is interesting to know some fun facts to get us acquainted with the food we are eating. So, for this dish, let’s start with the lamb shank. Its name was derived in German word lambiz. Lamb is a humble versatile animal that was discovered 10,000 years ago as a good source of not only food but clothing as well. Its fur is usually harvested through shearing to be used as wool. The sheepskin or a lambskin without the fur is used as soft leather. Its milk is used as cheese, butter and ice cream. The meat is the most important product that we can get from the lamb wherein it is a good source of needed vitamins and proteins for a healthy living. Consumption of its meat comprises of 6% of world’s population. Lamb shank, in particular, is rich in vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and phosphorous. That’s pretty amazing for a very simple dish.
As for the white beans, it is in the family of legumes that has a wide variety in shape and color. It has a high concentration of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. They are widely available in supermarkets either in canned or dried form. Canned white beans are a lot easier and quicker to cook but are usually expensive compared to dry ones. If left unopened it can last up to a year. When pureed it is likened to mashed potato in texture. It is a great source of fiber, iron, and magnesium. It has a low glycemic index which makes it a suitable food for diabetics. It is virtually fat-free.
These are the good things that come from the two main ingredients for this dish and all the more reasons to enjoy and appreciate it. Now, that we have come to know this wonderful dish, we invite you to try out this simple recipe of the slow cooked lamb shank with bean puree that will definitely not come short of good taste. This recipe comes with step by step procedures to guide you on how to make it with minimum effort as possible. So, have your aprons on and have a blast in making the braised lamb shank with white bean puree.
Serves: 4 serves
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 90 Minutes
Slow-cooked lamb shanks
- 4 lamb shanks
- 4 tablespoons plain flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic clove chopped
- 4oz (125g) button mushroom.
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery sticks, diced
- 2 fresh rosemary sprigs: leaves only
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 sprig thyme, leaves only
- 3/4 cup (375ml) white wine
- 2 cups chicken stock, salt reduced
- Sea salt, ground black pepper
White bean with potatoes puree
- 2 large potatoes: peeled and diced.
- 14oz (400g) white beans: drained.
- ¼ cup chicken stock.
- 2 sprigs chopped coriander.
- Freshly ground black pepper.
Beautiful Braised Lamb Shanks
1. Trim and discard any fat from the shanks
2. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper and coat them lightly in flour.
3. Heat the oil in a casserole pan over high heat. Add the shanks and brown on all the sides.
4. Remove the shanks from the pan and set aside.
7. Add the onion, in the remaining oil the casserole and saute gently. As soon as it is lightly golden, stir in the garlic, celery, carrot, mushroom, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.
8. Then add tomato paste, mix well.
9. Return the shanks to the pan. Pour the white wine slowly over the shanks. Let it bubble and reduce then pour the chicken stock in. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 ½ hours
10. After slow cooked for 90 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the meat falls off the bone. When the shanks are cooked, skim the top of the liquid well to remove any fat. Finish the sauce by checking the consistency and seasoning.
White Bean With Potato Puree
Meanwhile waiting for the lamb shanks are tender, make the puree. Cook potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Add the drained beans and cook until all the vegetables are tender.
Drain and puree the beans with enough chicken stock to turn to desired consistency. Return the puree to the pan, stir in chopped coriander and season to taste with ground black pepper.
Note: while bean potato puree sometimes called mashed potato as well, but I prefer the name Puree as in my recipe I find out the Puree is thin not thick.
Before serving, reheat the puree, then give some spoons of puree on the plates then top with hot lamb shanks, the sauce, and sprig of coriander. Serve immediately.
I hope that you had an awesome experience trying out this dish as we did enjoy making this recipe for you. Were you excited about the outcome of this dish? Here are some interesting tips for this dish. You don’t need a knife to serve with this dish because the tender meats will just fallout from the bones. All you need is to spoon it out. Also there is no need also to buy expensive casserole or white wine for this dish.
A pot that will fit the lamb shank is good enough to use to cook it and an inexpensive white wine will go a long way in adding flavor to this dish but if you desire to use that expensive wine you have in stored go ahead as it will also give a little edge to this dish but the alcohol content of the wine will evaporate during the cooking process and what’s left is the sweetness of the wine to enhance the flavor and the aroma for this dish. In my experience, inexpensive and discounted white wine will do just fine. I normally bought mine at Liquorland, BWS, and Aldi. In addition, the slow cooked lamb shank with bean puree is best eaten together with the Greek salad with pita bread. I invite you also to check out our the Greek salad recipe with pita bread. It is beautiful to have this two dish on one table as they make a healthy balanced of flavor and value.
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