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Braised Lamb Shanks With Trahana

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(Serves 4)

4 lamb shanks

salt and pepper

3 bay leaves

7-8 whole allspice berries

1/2 cup dry red wine

approx. 2 cups lamb/veal stock

1 large onion, rough chop

5-6 cloves of garlic, smashed

1 carrot, rough chop

1 celery rough chop

2 heaping Tbsp. of tomato paste

10-12 sprigs of fresh thyme

2-3 cups of lamb/veal stock

salt and pepper to taste

For the Trahana

1 cup sour trahana

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2  cups water

pinch of salt

Garnish

shaved Graviera cheese

1. Season your lamb shanks with salt and pepper and place an oven-safe pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat (just big enough to contain all the lamb shanks. Drizzle some olive oil in the pot and brown all sides of the shanks. Pour in the wine and deglaze the bottom of the pot scraping up the bits. Add the  tomato paste, bay leaves, allspice, garlic, onions, celery, carrots, thyme and enough stock to come halfway up the shanks.

2. Season with salt and pepper and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and braise for 90-120 minutes or until shanks are fork-tender. Take off the heat, reserve the shanks and place the braising liquid in a gravy separator to skim most of the fat.

3. Remove the allspice, bay leaves and thyme and place in then purée with a food processor to thicken. Pour back on top of lamb shanks, keep warm.

4. To cook the trahana, add the milk and water in a medium pot and bring up to  boil. Add a pinch of salt and the trahana and stir. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring every couple of minutes.  The trahana should be cooked until most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 8-10 minutes). Add more liquid if required, keep stirring/adding liquid until cooked. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper

5. Divide and plate the trahana in shallow bowls then top with a lamb shanks and finish off with shavings of Graviera cheese and pair with an Agyros Estate Atlantis Red.