Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank w/Creamy Polenta


April: Super Tuscan – Italy

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank w/Creamy Polenta 

Yield: 4 to 6 servings



  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 lb lamb shanks (4 to 6 shanks)
  • 1 tsp each sea salt and freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 each large onion, carrot and celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup each all-purpose flour and tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz) San Marsano-style tomatoes with basil
  • 1 1/2 cups Limited Edition Super Tuscan Red Wine


  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 cup coarse grain cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (approx.)
  • 2 tbsp butter

Suggested Accompaniments

  • Steamed green vegetables or tossed bitter greens salad



Preheat the oven to 325°F. Heat half the oil in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat.

Season shanks with half the salt and pepper. In batches, brown shanks all over and arrange in a large roasting pan.

Reduce heat to medium. Sauté onion, carrot, celery, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper in remaining oil until golden.

Add flour, tomato paste and garlic; cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, break up with a potato masher. Stir in wine. Pour sauce over shanks.

Roast, covered, for 1 hour. Roast, uncovered and turning shanks occasionally, for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and sauce is thickened. 


Meanwhile, bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until mixture leaves a trail through bottom of pan.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, parsley and butter.  Spoon into serving dishes. Top with a lamb shank and sauce. Garnish with additional parsley. 


Tip: Lamb shanks and polenta can be made up to 1 day ahead. Skim fat from roasting pan before heating in a 325°F oven until warmed though. Prepare polenta up to the point of adding cheese; rewarm with extra broth then finish with cheese, parsley and butter.

Pair with: LE14 Italian Super Tuscan

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank with Creamy Polenta