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Lamb Shanks with Ancho Chile Honey Glaze

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars
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"A lamb lovers dream! This is one of my favorite lamb recipes. I've had so many requests after serving this at dinner parties that I decided to post it here. Get the shanks in the oven. Make the glaze and topping, then take an hour long nap, have a bath, and presto! Dinner's ready! Bon Appetite."
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Ingredients

2 h 45 m servings 616
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat oil in large Dutch oven or enamel baking pot. Sear shanks on all sides and set aside. In the same pot, saute onion and garlic 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 ancho chilies, tomatoes and chicken stock. Season with cumin, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Boil briefly, then return shanks to pan.
  2. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Meat should be just ready to fall off the bone.
  3. To make the glaze: Cover 6 ancho chilies with boiling water, and soak for 10 minutes. In a food processor, combine chilies, 1 cup water, honey and orange zest. Process until smooth; set aside.
  4. To make the topping: In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, cilantro and salt. Cover, and refrigerate.
  5. When the shanks are done, remove them from the Dutch oven, and place them into an oiled roasting pan. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spread glaze over shanks and return to oven until light crust forms, 6 to 10 minutes. Serve on large plates surrounded by tomato base and topped with the refreshing yogurt mixture.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 616 calories; 18.4 82.9 39.1 86 1135 Full nutrition

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Absolutely stunning. I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. I made extra but found that it is better eaten on the day it is made as it doesn't taste as good when re-heated.

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Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this recipe. Followed the directions exactly as written; the lamb was cooked perfectly, however, it was the combination of flavors that disappointed. The o...

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Absolutely stunning. I served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. I made extra but found that it is better eaten on the day it is made as it doesn't taste as good when re-heated.

Thanks for the great recipe! Very unique flavors that I will definitely be experimenting with. My girlfriend loved it and she has HATED lamb every other time she's had it. Now, here are the c...

This was absolutely outstanding! I made the dish for a dinner party last night and the guests enjoyed it so much that one of them - a professional chef - actually licked his plate! I followed ...

I made this dish for my husband, who is a retired chef, and he LOVED it! I couldn't find the dried anchos so I substituded fresh chili peppers and added ancho powder and it was delicious! This w...

Excellent. We didn't have ancho chilis either, just use whatever you enjoy.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this recipe. Followed the directions exactly as written; the lamb was cooked perfectly, however, it was the combination of flavors that disappointed. The o...

This recipe is absolutely sensational - the combination of the dried ancho chillies - a very subtle smoky flavour, mild not hot - with the honey glaze is just amazing!!! Can I say to people that...

I made this lamb dish today, and I must say it was very tasty. The yogurt I thought was a bit iffy on but once I ate some with the lamb it was perfect. My boyfriend loved it. He kept raving abou...

Could not find any Ancho Chillies in this City, so substituted with ordinary sundried chillies. Works terrific. However, I doubled the amount of chillis for that little extra kick.