Whole spice suggests a very special (and simple) dinner, perfect for a weeknight or for company.

2 lamb shanks
1 Tbs olive oil
½ oz Whole Spice lamb rub
3 carrots, sliced in big chunks
3 celery stalks, sliced in big chunks
3 shallots, cleaned and quartered
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, stem and seed pod removed, cut and quartered
1/2 small butternut squash
1 28 oz. can stewed plum tomatoes
1 cup hearty red wine, like a Syrah
1 cup beef broth
3 cardamom pods
4 whole allspice berries
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub lamb shanks in olive oil and rub with Whole Spice lamb rub. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning a few times to seal in the juices. Add all the vegetables and spices and cook for two hours. Remove the cardamom and allspice. Serve over creamy polenta.