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How to Prep Lamb Shanks

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If you’re making the Lamb Shanks en Papillotes from Fine Cooking #110, here’s how contributor Molly Stevens recommends preparing them for cooking:

preparing lamb shanks
Step 1: Trim away any silverskin or thick deposits of fat.
preparing lamb shanks
Step 2: Insert a paring knife along the bone near the top of the narrow end of the shank; slide the knife upwards to sever the tendon attached to this portion of the bone. Repeat as you work your way entirely around the bone. Cutting the tendons like this allows the meat to shrink away from this part of the shank, making for a neater, more attractive presentation.

Photos: Scott Phillips


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  • mrstrat2 | 04/23/2016

    OK, this is no fun french butchering the Lamb, but worth all the pain and time to have the most incredible braised Lamb. I even show my daughter and her husband how to French Butcher the shanks! Thanks so much for posting this technique!

  • Schroomer | 03/20/2011

    Well here's our first attempt with lamb shanks thanks to this superbly done article. From the writing and food styling to the terrific photos, it got us to make a trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle where the butcher had some beautiful lamb shanks. This little tutorial did a great job as I prepared these for slow roasting. I'll let you know how it tastes.

  • Schroomer | 03/20/2011

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