Moroccan Lamb Shanks

Slow cook apricots, plums, raisins, lemon juice, and spices to allow the flavors in this Moroccan dish to meld together.

Moroccan Lamb Shanks
SERVINGS
6
PREP TIME
25 mins
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 pounds lamb shanks, halved crosswise (3 to 4 shanks)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
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Directions
1. 
Sprinkle lamb shanks with salt and pepper. Coat with flour. In a large skillet brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain off fat. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker stir together apricots, plums, raisins, broth, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, allspice, and cinnamon. Add meat to cooker.
2. 
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4- 1/2 to 5 hours or until lamb is tender. Transfer shanks to serving platter; keep warm.
3. 
For gravy, strain cooking juices into a glass measuring cup, reserving the fruit. Skim off fat from juices. Measure juices, adding water, if necessary, to equal 1 1/2 cups. Pour into a medium saucepan. Combine cornstarch and the cold water; stir into juices in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in reserved fruit. Heat through. To serve, place lamb shanks on hot cooked rice and spoon gravy over top. Makes 6 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 543, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 116, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 65, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 23, pro. (g) 42, vit. A (IU) 1069, vit. C (mg) 4, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 1, Niacin (mg) 14, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (µg) 109, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 5, sodium (mg) 241, Potassium (mg) 929, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 6, Fruit () 1, Starch () 3, Lean Meat () 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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