Colder weather means hunkering down over hearty meals that warm you through and through, coming together over cozy family meals. Winter is a terrific time to take advantage of value butcher cuts, that through the miraculous process of slow cooking transform normally tough portions of meat into luscious, tender, soul satisfying meals. Nothing is more comforting than a braised lamb shank over a pile of creamy polenta dripping with a hearty, slightly sweet, umami-rich red wine jus – not to mention incredibly easy to prepare.
All month long we will be featuring BN Ranch Lamb Shanks for only $6.99 per pound (normally $9.99). This excellent winter cut comes from California lamb that is 100% grass-fed on the abundant grasses of the Sacramento Delta. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the clean, mild flavor of grass-fed lamb. It is cleaner and leaner than its much cheaper, commodity counterpart grain-finished lamb, that tends to be much larger and fattier.
Braising is one of the most foolproof cooking methods around: it’s a quick and simple three step process where our friend the oven and its pal time do all the work. With a little planning, you can get all your prep work done in about 30 minutes and spend the next 2 and half hour doing whatever you’d like while the magical cooking process does its thang.
We’ve partnered with one of our favorite local producers, Dario Barbone of Baia Pasta, on a recipe that is the epitome of easy weeknight meals that will knock the socks off your tastebuds. This simple Braised Lamb Shank Ragu is the perfect weeknight recipe: one dish that can be served for a week’s worth of meals: over pasta or rice, with polenta, over roasted squash, layered with cheese and eggplant and baked, over zoodles for a paleo “pasta”, with quinoa for a supergrain boost…the possibilities are endless!