Braised Lamb Shanks with Petite Sirah Reduction Sauce
12 Apricots, diced
5 Garlic Cloves
6 Large Lamb Shanks (10 ounces each)
Salt and Pepper
Flour for dusting
¾ Cups Crushed Canned Tomatoes
¼ Ounce Dried Porcini Mushrooms
1 ½ Tablespoons Herbs de Provence
3 Cups Trinitas Petite Sirah
Cooked vegetables of your choice
Heat 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallots, apricots, and crushed garlic. Saute until shallots have softened. Remove and transfer to a small bowl.
Salt and pepper lamb shanks. Dust with flour. Heat 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil in heavy pot over medium-high heat for braising. Add lamb shanks and cook until browned. Turn occasionally. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, Herbs de Provence, and Petite Sirah. Stir to coat lamb. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until lamb is very tender, turning lamb a few times in the process (about 1 ½ hours). Uncover and cook to reduce sauce until it’s a rich blend.
Place in a platter, surround with other cooked vegetables, sprinkle with Italian parsley, and enjoy with the Trinitas 2005 Old Vine Petite Sirah.