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A plate of braised lamb shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks Magical Recipe for a Happy Family

Perfect for Mabon, Witches' Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Samhain feasts!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian, Mabon, Samhain
Servings 4 people
Calories 433 kcal


  • Saute pan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Blender
  • Oven


  • 4 Lamb Shanks Magical properties: Compassion, inner child healing, family connection
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt Magical properties: Purification, cleansing, blessing
  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil Magical properties: Peace, smooth transitions
  • 2 Onions Magical properties: Removing harmful energies, grounding, protection
  • 2 Celery Stalks Magical properties: Mental clarity, psychic awareness
  • 2 Carrots Magical properties: Grounding, clairvoyance
  • 2 cups Red Wine Magical properties: Grounding, strength, ancestor connection
  • 1 cup Beef Stock Magical properties: Strengthening bonds, empowerment
  • ½ tsp. Dried Thyme Magical properties: Happiness, banishing negative energy
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Magical properties: Protection, banishing harmful energy
  • 1 Bay Leaf Magical properties: Blessings, good luck, wishes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Trim the external fat from the lamb shanks.
  • Dice the onions, celery, and carrots. Crush the garlic cloves.
  • In a large, deep saute pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until nearly smoking.
  • Season the lamb shanks with salt. Brown the shanks on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Work in batches if you need to.
  • Add the onions, celery and carrots to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are golden and translucent.
  • Add the wine to deglaze the pan. Scrape up any browned bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring the wine to a simmer, and add the stock, thyme, garlic, bay leaf and shanks and bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pan, transfer to the oven and cook for about 2 hours or until the meat is almost falling off the bone. Using tongs, transfer the shanks to a large serving bowl.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Using a blender, puree until smooth.
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the lamb shanks and serve!


Calories: 433kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 41gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 1250mgPotassium: 898mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5133IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 5mg
Keyword braised lamb, Lamb, lamb shanks
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5 from 3 votes