Braised Lamb Shank Using Bruntmor's Cast Iron Tagine

Ingredients: 

  • Generous pinch of saffron
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • 3 lamb shanks
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 15 shelled walnut halves
  • 15 pitted prunes
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion 
  • 5 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of loosely packed fresh cilantro 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the saffron in the hot water to bring out the vibrant color and fragrance. 
  2. Meanwhile, season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper, and set aside. Place a walnut half inside each prune. Set aside. Cut the onion into 1/2 inch slices. 
  3. heat Bruntmor's Tagine over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Melt 1 tablespoon of ghee into the pan. Add the onions with a pinch of salt and sweat, stirring until translucent. Pour the saffron water and allow the onions to absorb the liquid. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, spoon the onion into a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Return the tagine base tot he stove and add the remaining ghee. When it begins to smoke, add the lamb shanks and sear to a deep brown on all sides. Remove the heat and add garlic. Cook for about 45 seconds, then add the cinnamon, tomatoes and stuffed prunes. Season with additional salt. Cover the tagine with the lid and place into the oven to braise for 2 hours. 
  5. Remove the tagine from the oven and arrange the saffron onions on top of the braised lamb. Place the lid back on and finish braising an addition for 20-30 minutes. 

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