Braised Lamb with Syrah Jus

Rori Spinelli-Trovato loves osso buco so much that she jokes she'd like to be buried in it. She always knew she would serve it at her wedding, but she wanted to avoid traditional preparations, so she asked Stokes Restaurant & Bar to make a version with lamb shanks (off the bone) in place of veal. More Amazing Lamb Recipes

Braised Lamb with Syrah Jus
Photo: © Victoria Pearson


  • Twelve 1-pound lamb shanks

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 medium carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 4 celery ribs, coarsely chopped

  • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Syrah or other hearty red wine

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 whole black peppercorns

  • 8 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth

  • 2 cups (packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped

  • 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • Morel and Sweet Pea Risotto, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Working in batches, cook the lamb shanks over moderate heat, turning often, until well browned on all sides, about 12 minutes; transfer to a platter.

  2. Pour off any fat from the casserole and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the carrots, celery and onions and cook over moderate heat until the vegetables start to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the wine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom. Stir in the bay leaves and peppercorns. Return the lamb shanks to the casserole and add the stock. Bring to a boil, cover and bake the shanks in the oven for about 3 hours, or until the meat is very tender.

  3. Transfer the shanks to the platter and remove the meat from the bones. Put the meat in a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Strain the sauce into a large saucepan, pressing on the vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible. Boil the sauce over high heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 25 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Return the lamb to the sauce and rewarm over moderate heat.

  4. In a small bowl, mix the parsley with the lemon zest and garlic. Spoon the lamb stew over the Morel and Sweet Pea Risotto, sprinkle with the gremolata and serve.

Make Ahead

The stew can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated for 2 days. Reheat gently before serving.

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