• Olive oil
• 4 Québec lamb shanks of 550g each
• Salt and ground pepper
• 3 big shallots, finely chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 3 tablepoons honey
• 1 star anise
• 1/2 cup Éphémère Cherry, lukewarm
• 1/2 cup port
• 1 cup chicken broth
• 2 tablespoons corn starch
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 20 dried prunes, coarsely chopped
• 5 dried figs, coarsely choppe
• In a big pan at medium temperature, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Sear the shanks on each sides for about 4-5 minutes or until nicely colored. Season with salt and pepper then place in slow cooker, meat side down.
• In the same pan, add the shallots and garlic then cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the star anise along with the honey then stir well. Cook for about 1 minute then deglaze with the cherry beer. Scrape the bottom of the pan to get all those flavors then pour everything in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
• In a big bowl, combine the port, chicken broth, corn starch, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, prunes and figs. Stir well then pour over the meat in the slow cooker.
• Cook at low temperature for 8 hours. At mid-cooking, gently stir everything and add some juice over the shanks. Serve with lots of juice along with prunes and figs on the meat !
Note : You can also braise them in a big ”Le Creuset” style dutch oven. Simply cook at 325°F for about 3h30 or until the meat is fork tender. Same principle, gently stir and add some juice on the shanks at mid-cooking