Well, what do you think of this dish I made a couple of nights ago?
Well, lamb shanks are one of my favorites and I usually braise them. This time, sous vide and they were perhaps the best ever. Only, I didn't make them, only reheated them. Turns out my parents-in-law had a package on hand, made by Cuisine Solutions in the freezer. My first thought was 'oh, pre-prepared, packaged food; bet theres a list of ingredients 4" long, mostly unpronounceable.' Then I looked more closely. First clue was it was cooked sous vide, is individually packaged, and all you need to is reheat (I defrosted by cold water immersion a few hours).
LAMB SHANK, TOMATOES, PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS, CABERNET SAUVIGNON WINE, WATER, BEEF BROTH CONCENTRATE (beef broth, salt), SHALLOTS, GARLIC, RICE STARCH, VEGETABLE OIL (canola oil, extra virgin olive oil), XANTHAN GUM, OREGANO LEAVES.
Not too bad at all. For reheating once defrosted, I brought a pot of water to a boil, turned off the heat, waited a few minutes, then put in the pouches and covered for about an hour. About half way through. I made some mashed potatoes. It's completely silly to not enjoy this on a bed of slightly buttered, salted, and peppered mashed potatoes.
They have a whole bunch of sous vide foods, and they're available at Costco, BJ’s, Wegmans and Whole Foods. Enjoy. They're fantastic.