Saffron-Baked Lamb Shanks

Ingredients (servings 4-6):
Prep: 10 min, Marinate: 30 min, Cook: 1:30.

  • 2 lbs. red potatoes, peeled
  • 1/8 tsp. saffron threads
  • 2 lbs. lamb shanks, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemons, juiced


Combine potatoes and saffron in a large bowl. Cover with salted water and let stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain potatoes, reserving 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. of the water. Place lamb shanks in a large roasting pan. Arrange potatoes around lamb. Add reserved water and pour oil and lemon juice over lamb. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until lamb is tender.