Braised Lamb Shanks

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“I love lamb shank recipes and always on the look out for new ones, this one is from Australian Master Chef and posting here for safe keeping. Mastic is a greek ingredients (can be ordered on line or a specialised gourmet shops here in Australia) and is the resin from a shrub common the the Mediterranean area. Please note have not allowed for the overnight draining of the yoghurt.”
4hrs 25mins

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  1. Spoon the yoghurt into a fine meshed sieve and place over a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to allow esxcess liquid to drain from the yoghurt.
  2. Preheat oven to 165C conventional or 140C fan forced.
  3. Heat a large deep ovenproof frying pan over high heat until hot.
  4. Seaon shanks well with salt and pepper,.
  5. Cover the base of the pan with oil and cook shanks in two batches for 5 minutes, turning until golden all over.
  6. Retrn all shanks to the pan and deglaze the pan wih the wine.
  7. Pour in the chicken stock and then remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Spoon the yoghurt over the lamb to cover.
  9. Scatter over the shallots, garlic, thyme, lemon rind, mastic and drizzle with honey.
  10. Place a cartouche (round of baking paper) onto the surface of the lamb and cover with a tight fitting lid.
  11. Transfer to the oven and cook for 4 hours.
  12. Remove the lid, cartouche and sprigs of thyme.
  13. Carefully transfer the lamb to a warm serving platter and spoon over some of the thick yoghurt on top.
  14. Strain the juices into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  15. Squeeze in the juice from half a lemon.
  16. Remove from the heat, insert a stick blender into the sauce and while blending add 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin oil.
  17. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  18. Pour the sauce over the lamb, scatter with parsley and serve.

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