There is another article on the site for them in the form of Chianti Braised Lamb Shanks, but that one pales in comparison to today’s recipe. This is my favorite recipe on this site.
I got hooked on lamb shanks at The Stinking Rose back in 2005 and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. Whether its in the form of a Mexican Birria, Braised in wine, or in a thick, hearty sauce like today’s recipe, the amount of connective tissue, marrow and downright flavor to this cut of meat is unparalleled. Well, maybe a king crab leg would be comparable, but that’s a whole different animal all together! No pun intended :).
The balsamic vinegar gives a beautiful color and richness to the sauce and creates an end product that reminded Producer Jesse of a gourmet ketchup! It’s funny we thought of that because I now see Heinz has a ketchup made with balsamic vinegar. Anyhow, don’t get too hung up on the ketchup thing, just do yourself a flavor favor and cook these shanks! Set yourself up for this weekend or next week and, even if it’s the only thing you do, make it happen. You won’t be disappointed.
I have my in-laws in town for the weekend. Paleo Harley is bowling in the National Bowling Tournament in Reno and we are going to cheer for him until we are hoarse! Speaking of that, I pitched for Samson’s baseball game last night. After the previous game, Coach Scott gave away a Dairy Queen coupon for the person with the best team spirit. So, last night, Samson proceeded to yell non-stop from the dugout, “Go, Sophie, Go!” or “Go, Slade, Go!” depending on who was up to bat. He yelled as loud as he could for as long as that person was up to bat, then he changed the name for the next batter and continued! I was impressed for the first inning, but it got a little overwhelming in innings 2 and 3..
I suppose I should mention that he was the only one cheering on his teammates. Bless his heart. It eventually got to the point where I couldn’t wait for him to be up to bat so that the cheerful cheering would cease. After their last at bat, I told him he was doing a good job cheering. As we took the field for the final time, he said, “Dad. I really want to win that Dairy Queen coupon.” I couldn’t believe it. He was so motivated by an ice cream cone that he nearly lost his voice. It was cool to think that he was naturally enthusiastic about his teammates, but that lost a little edge when I learned of his motives.
Nonetheless, he cheered and, in the end, he won the coupon! I think Coach Scott is going to rethink the situation and, at the very least, he’ll situate Samson right in the middle of the lineup so that we’ll get some segmented screaming… Either way, I am proud of Samson and love the kid to death! He went 3/3 and made some nice plays at short stop. Grandma and Grandpa got to watch him play and I was nominated for NorCal Player of the week allowing 11/12 batters to get on base all three innings!
Thanks for reading my story and thank you for joining me in the journey to…
“Keep It Paleo!”
(Samson on Third Base. NorCal pitcher of the week on the right…)
Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks
“Keep It Paleo!”