Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe – Armenian Cuisine

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe

If you never tried tarragon lamb shanks, a dish from Armenian cuisine, you’re missing out on something very delicious and so unique.

It’s a classic dish, that’s quite popular in some modern, Armenian restaurants. Richness and simplicity of flavors make this tarragon lamb shank dish a real gourmet meal. Traditionally it’s served with spelt wheat, on the side, or as we call it in Armenian : hachar. But I find that simple, cooked, whole potatoes will be a great side to this tarragon lamb shank dish. Especially, when potatoes are drizzled with that rich, flavorful and thick lamb bouillon. If you go with potatoes for side dish,I will recommend to use small, unpeeled potatoes with thin tender skin.

In the YouTube video tutorial , I filmed the spelt wheat version for side, so you should see how it’s done and full recipe will be below, right after tarragon lamb shank recipe.

Hope you guys try this, truly delicious Armenian dish and like it!

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Happy cooking!

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine


*This portion will serve 2 people, double or triple the recipe if you like

1 ½ -2 lbs lamb shanks, be sure to wash, tap dry ,remove extra fats and skin

Cold water and medium size pot for cooking the meat, water needs to cover the meat fully, plus 2”-3” extra ,as it’ll simmer during cooking

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine

For the bouillon

2 tbs all purpose flour

½ cup water, room temp.

1 cup beer, any kind will work

⅓ cup sour cream, or heavy cream

2-3 tbs dry tarragon

Half a bunch fresh tarragon

1 tsp ground black pepper

Salt to taste

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine

For the spelt wheat /side dish

1 cup spelt wheat, cleaned, washed

2 cups boiling water

1 tbs olive oil

2 tbs butter

1 large onion, sliced into semi circles

7-8 mini bell peppers, or one large pepper, I used colorful ones, use any kind

Salt pepper to taste

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine


Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine

Start by cooking the lamb meat

Bring to a boil, remove the foam from the top of the broth, lower the heat, semi cover with lid and cook until the meat is tender

Remove the cooked meat from its pot and set aside while you make the dressing or bouillon

Mix the water and flour until incorporated and no lumps are left, set aside

Add all other ingredients into the pot: beer, dry and fresh tarragon, cream, salt, pepper, stir to combine

Slowly pour that flour mixture into the pot, use a whisk to mix to avoid any lumps and sticking

Cook this mixture about 2-4 minutes and place the lamb meat back into the pot

If the bouillon isn’t covering the meat, since it may be simmer while cooking, use a ladle to drizzle the meat with bouillon and be sure to turn the meat a few times during cooking

Cook everything another 5-7 minutes

Let the meat set 10-15 minutes before serving

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine

Making the spelt wheat

Place the wheat and boiling water in a pot, over medium to low heat

Cover the lid and simmer until no water is left, about 10-15 minutes

While that’s cooking, saute onions with oil and butter

As the onions turn light golden color, add the sliced peppers and sauté a a few more minutes

Pour the sautéed veggies over the cooked pudding and let it set 5-7 minutes, mix and serve

Bon appetit!

Բարի Ախորժակ!

Tarragon Lamb Shanks Recipe - Armenian Cuisine