Braised Lamb Shanks

Ingredients

4 American Lamb shanks
4 cloves garlic, divided
1 tablespoon lemon pepper, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced into rings
1 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes and juice, broken up
1/2 cup red wine or chicken broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

In 13 x 9-inch baking dish with meat rack, arrange shanks. Make slits in shank meat. Thinly slice 2 garlic cloves and insert into slits. Season all sides of shanks with 2 teaspoons lemon pepper and salt. Roast in 325ºF oven for 1 hour.
In 2-quart saucepan with cover, heat oil. Sauté onion, bell pepper and 2 finely chopped garlic cloves for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, wine or broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, sugar, oregano, 1 teaspoon 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.

SERVINGS: 4

PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

COOK TIME: 2 1/2-3 Hours