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Nutrition Facts

Calories 385
  Calories from Fat 136 (35%)
(23%)Total Fat 15g
(25%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(48%)Cholesterol 145mg
(30%)Sodium 710mg
(31%)Potassium 1090mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
(8%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(95%)Protein 48g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Braised Lamb Shanks


  • 4 lamb shanks

  • 4 cloves garlic, divided

  • 1 Tbs lemon pepper, divided

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 Tbs olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, sliced into rings

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes and juice, broken up

  • 1/2 cup red wine (substitute chicken broth if desired)

  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp coriander, ground

  • 1/2 tsp allspice, ground

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

A wondrous combination of spices will thrill the taste buds of all who partake.


  • In 13 x 9-inch baking dish with meat rack, arrange shanks. Make slits in shank meat. Thinly slice two garlic cloves and insert into slits.
  • Season all sides of shanks with 2 tsp lemon pepper and salt. Roast in 325°F oven for 1 hour.
  • In 2-quart saucepan with cover, heat oil. Sauté onion, bell pepper, and two finely chopped garlic cloves for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes, wine or broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, sugar, oregano, 1 tsp lemon pepper, coriander, allspice, and paprika. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes; set aside.
  • Remove cooked lamb shanks and rack from pan. Wipe out pan and return shanks to pan.
  • Pour on sauce, cover, and cook 1 1/2 to 2 additional hours, or until meat is tender.
  • Remove bay leaves. Serve with rice or pasta.

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