Lamb Shanks with Orzo and Vegetables Recipe
A delicious Mediterranean one pot wonder meal that combines a tomato base with orzo pasta, veggies, and lamb shank. The hard part is finding the largest possible large lamb shanks. Restaurants seem to have no problem getting 1.5lb+ shanks, but I'm lucky to find 0.80lb shanks at most grocery stores. If I have to make due with 0.8lb, I'll allow 2 shanks per full sized person. Adapted from a dish from Santorini Restaurant, San Carlos, CA
Prep time: 90 minutes
Cook time: 300 minutes
Mix spice rub ingredients in a small bowl, then rub over lamb shanks. Use pre-ground spices to avoid burning big flakes of spice when browning the meat.
In large roasting pot, bring e.v.o.o to medium-high heat and brown shanks on each side for 4 min.
Add tomato paste, vegetable stock, and wine. Stir, then raise heat until you get a simmer, and remove from stove.
Cover pot and cook at 350 for 3.5 hours, but add garlic after 2 hours.
About 2.5 hours into the shank cooking, boil a small pot of water, then add orzo and reduce to a simmer
Let orzo cook at a low simmer for about 30 minutes until al-dente
Remove orzo to container of cold water until ready to use (so it doesn't dry out or stick together) ==Vegetables==
Peel carrot and cut into thick coins
Split, then quarter the onion (ie into 8 chunks)
Chop yellow and green zucchinis into 1/8" wide inch coins, discarding an inch off each end.
Put aside vegetables in a bowl until ready to use.
Slice tomato into thin wedges and set aside in separate bowl
Remove shanks from oven, and take them out of the pot and place them on a plate
Poor out the top layer of fat from the pot, being careful not to pour out any of the good sauce that has settled on the bottom.
Add Â½ cup water or vegetable stock, and stir up the bits at the bottom of the pot
Put pot over medium-high heat, add vegetables, cover, and let cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly undercooked.
Add orzo, and stir until it blends with the sauce
Add shanks, sliced tomato, cover pot, and return to the oven to bake for 30 more minutes at 200
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