Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks, Boursin Cheese Polenta

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks, Boursin Cheese Polenta

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks
Pomegranate-Fig Sauce
Over Boursin Cheese Polenta

As an old magician friend of ours used to say, “I’m going to blow your mind!”

How about a mouth-watering, restaurant-quality dish of braised lamb shanks with a pomegranate-fig sauce over boursin cheese polenta on the table in about 10 minutes?

Is it magic?

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks, Boursin Cheese Polenta

Start the Clock

Pomegranate Fig Lamb Shanks from Costco

Cut a 1″ slit near the end of the lamb shank pouch. Place on microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 7 minutes 30 seconds. Let stand for 2 minutes. Carefully remove lamb shank. Pour sauce into a small dish. Skim off the fat. Taste sauce for seasoning. (The cooking time here is for one lamb shank).


This is a lamb shank slow braised in a tangy, sweet, and savory sauce with pomegranate juice and figs. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful. It comes 2 shanks to a package and can be found in the refrigerated section at Costco. Is it as good as home-cooked braised shanks that take 2 1/2 hours? Of course not, but for a fast impressive meal, it can’t be beat.

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Grits aka Polenta with Boursin Cheese
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. grits/polenta
  • 1 box 5.2 oz. garlic and fine herbs boursin cheese

Meanwhile, bring water and salt to a boil in a medium pot. Add polenta and reduce heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until liquid is absorbed and polenta is creamy. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 2 minutes. Then stir in one box of boursin cheese.

  • cilantro
  • mint
  • red jalapeño
  • lemon

While lamb and polenta are cooking, chop equal amounts of fresh cilantro and mint. Slice red jalapeño peppers into rings.

Slow-Braised Lamb Shanks, Boursin Cheese Polenta

To Plate

Spoon a serving of polenta onto a warm shallow bowl. Place hot lamb shank in the middle. Ladle warm sauce over the lamb. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten. Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Garnish with red jalapeño rings and a sprig of mint and/or cilantro. Serve extra jalapeño rings on the side.

Wine Notes

Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021
Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California

Winemaker Notes
Dark plum in color with abundant aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, and sun-ripened blackberry with a hint of cedar. Layered flavors of blackberry and raspberry pie filling, accompanied by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and nutmeg play on the palate. Smooth and focused with refined tannins and a medium finish.

Try Another Costco Restaurant-Quality, Quick-Cooking Meal

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recipe here

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