Slow Braised Lamb Shanks with EVOO and Wine Reduction

Four (4) lamb shanks
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

four inch sprig of rosemary, woody stems discarded
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 medium onion minced
1 large carrot, finely diced
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cups robust red wine such as Malbec
1 cup water

*This recipe can be made in a dutch oven or crock pot. 
If using the oven, preheat to 300.  In a wide shallow dish or a gallon size Ziplock bag, mix the flour, salt and pepper.  Rinse and pat the lamb shanks dry and dredge in the flour.  In a large heavy bottom pan, heat the Coratina over medium-high heat, and brown the lamb shanks until golden brown on all sides, taking care not to overcrowd the pan, cooking for about 5 minutes per side and set aside.

In the same pan, add all of the vegetables and saute over medium heat, scraping up any browned bits, until the onions are translucent, for approximately 5 minutes.  Pour in the wine and simmer for another couple minutes and then add a cup of hot water.  Add the fresh rosemary to the bottom of the crock pot or dutch oven and arrange the shanks on top.  Pour the wine and vegetables over the top.  Cook, covered in a heavy dutch oven for six hours or in a crock pot set on low.

After six hours, carefully remove the shanks from from the liquid taking care not to allow the meat to slip off the bones.  Cover to keep warm.  Strain and de-fat the braising liquid.  Place in a small saucepan and reduce by half.  Adjust the seasoning with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  Pour the reduction over the lamb shank placed atop a bed of mashed potatoes made with our fresh, UP, extra virgin olive oil.

Serves 4