For a special treat we’re eating lamb shanks and great northern beans braised in a mixture of red wine, chicken stock, fire roasted tomatoes, and lots of herbs. The shanks and beans were finished off with our version of a gremolata: finely chopped fresh parsley, lemon zest, and capers.
I spy marrowA: okay, so i rarely make the same thing twice…with a couple of exceptions, but this was totally worth making again. this is one that i actually made over the summer that we didn’t get around to posting and thus i had to make again. i’m kind of glad it worked out that way! moooooore lamb shanks
T: yeeahh it was goooood too. You can make this anytime you want… not exceeding 3 times per week. (gotta look out for our health)
A: what if you gave up the carnitas tacos and cali burritos and i cooked it five times a week? 😛
T: if you cooked it for my lunch and could serve it hot in place of my california burrito then that might work out. otherwise, don’t be foolish. I must eat terrible-for-me food for lunch or I’ll go crazy. I assume I would go crazy, i’ve never tried eating a healthy lunch…. and I don’t want to.
A: you should try eating slim jims and lays for lunch… heart unhealthy and cold! it’s a twofer.
T: and it’s got the salt content of 5 gallons of water from the dead sea. good times. no thanks. 😛 I used to like slim jims, too, until this one road trip a few years ago. Bad. So, back to the delicious lamb. Wow, it was tender and delish. So were the beans.
A: hell yeah! i’m kind of a bean-aholic. i’ll admit. but these beans are perhaps my favorite way to eat beans! i do have to admit i’ve never had a real cassoulet before, but my god. beans braised with both lamb and pork fat (i use a ham hock as well) rule! the rosemary, wine, and fire roasted tomatoes add a nice touch too. this really has to be an all around favorite meal of mine. next to a rack of lamb.
T: I gotta ask… what’s a cassoulet?
A: it’s a french dish that takes days to make. it’s beans braised with all kinds of yummy pork and meats. mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
T: Careful, you’re going to start a stampede. you know, with all the mmmmm sounds. cows. you know.
A: uh… yeah… sure? okay crack head, what do you rate this succulent lamb dish?
T: I give it a 4.74/5. It was extremely tasty. It gets a slight deduction for cheating (being lamb). But seriously, it was awesome. I wish we could eat it everyday. What do you give it?
A: your rating was spot on with mine. i give it a 4.7/5. it rocked. it rocks. it will rock…when i make it again. while i’m sure i would get sick of it eventually i would love to eat it often. it’s good to keep things as a special treat for that exact reason. i would hate to get sick of it.
T: yeah, that’s why people should really consider not getting married. Think about it.
A: do i need to call you a crackhead for a second time toinight?
T: toinight? hahahahha 😛