Jennifer A. Daskevich - Sandwich America Pulled Lamb Sandwich with Pomegranate Port Wine Sauce on a Toasted Brioche Bun

  • Prep time 0Min
  • Cook time 0Min
  • Technique Broil
  • Meat Lamb
  • Cut Shank
  • Serves 4

Jennifer A. Daskevich - Sandwich America

Ingredients

For the Braised Lamb Shank

  • Steak Seasoning
  • Kosher Salt
  • 6 Australian Lamb Shanks
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 springs of rosemary
  • 2 springs of thyme
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice (1 for braise and 1/2 for final sauce)
  • About 1/2 bottle Pinot Noir
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock

For the Pomegranate Port Wine Reduction Sauce

  • 4 cups braising liquid
  • 1 cup port
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

For the sandwich:

  • 12-16 ounces pulled braised lamb shank (Recipe below)
  • 2 brioche buns
  • 1 tablespoon  melted butter
  • Pomegranate Port Wine reduction sauce (Recipe Below)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint

Method

For the lamb shank:

1. Season and Sear: Pat the lamb dry with paper towels. Season generously with Steak Seasoning and kosher salt. Dredge in flour. Pour 1 tablespoon oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. When oil is heated - brush evenly over surface of pan. Place 1/2 lamb in Dutch oven and sear until caramelized on each side. Remove lamb from pot onto a plate. Repeat with second half of oil and lamb. 

2. Sauté Vegetables: Put onion, celery, and carrots in pan and sauté until translucent (about five minutes). Tie together bay leaves, rosemary and thyme with kitchen twine. When vegetables are softened add herb bunch and garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).

3. Prepare Braising Liquid and Cook: Deglaze pan with Pomegranate juice. Add wine and chicken stock and scrape bottom of pot with wooden spoon. Place lamb back in Pot. Add enough water to reach three quarters of the way up the lamb. Turn stove to high and bring braising liquid to a simmer. Place tinfoil over pot and put lid on. Place lamb in 350 degree oven for 3 ½ to 4 hours until lamb is fork tender and falling off the bone.

For the sauce: Take lamb out of oven and remove lamb from braise and place on a large serving dish.  Strain braising liquid through a fine mesh strainer.  Put four cups of liquid in saucepan and pour remaining liquid over lamb.  Tent the lamb with foil and place in 200 degree oven to keep warn.  To braising liquid add port wine and pomegranate juice, Bring to a simmer and reduce by half (about thirty minutes).   When consistency is velvety and smooth, add butter and mix in with whisk.

For the sandwich: Brush brioche buns with butter and toast slightly.  Toss pulled lamb in port wine sauce.  Pile pulled lamb on bottom bun.  Top with fresh pomegranate arils and chopped mint.  Top with top bun.

Chef Note: :
  • Lamb can be prepared up to this point 24 hours ahead, which makes it great for planning ahead for a dinner party. If preparing ahead, let come to room temperature then store in fridge overnight. Remove from fridge, skim fat off top of braising liquid and bring to room temperature. Reheat in oven until heated through.
  • You can serve the shanks whole over a beautiful puree, pull them to serve with a fresh made pappardelle or highlight in the sandwich above. These Aussie Lamb sandwiches are a great way to celebrate National Sandwich Day. #ownyourparty