We invited some friends for dinner this past Saturday. After much deliberation I decided to make slow cooked lamb shanks as this is the perfect dish for a cold winters evening. To compliment the slow cooked lamb shanks we had creamy mash, with roasted butternut, cauliflower, onions and carrots on the side. If you are following a low carbohydrate compliant diet just omit the potatoe mash and substitute with low carb mashed turnips or creamy cauliflower mash.
Slow cooked lamb shanks recipe
Lamb shank was a forgotten cut until celebrity chefs and stylish restaurants brought it back from oblivion. Consequently, what was once a very costly cut of meat has become less so. Nevertheless it produces a generous quantity of meat and is still an affordable option. An individual shank will feed a person very generously. Please note that these ingredients are approximate and that I do not cook from specific recipes, cooking out of my head and preferring to "feel" the dish as I go a long.
Slow cooked lamb shanks ingredients
- 6 lamb shanks
- 100g (3.5oz) tomatoe paste
- 2 vegetable stock cubes.
- About half a litre red wine. (16.9oz) (I always keep the left over red wine from dinner evenings, specifically for cooking)
- About half a litre boiled water. (16.9oz)
- 4 tsp chopped garlic (sounds like a lot, but after 7 hours of cooking, it mellows and diffuses in the pot)
- 2 tsp brown sugar to counteract acidity of tomatoe paste - substitute with knife tip of bicarbonate of soda if you are on a very strict low carbohydrate diet
- About a handful of freshly chopped rosemary (from my herb garden)
- Pinch or two of salt and pepper.
- Cooking oil (coconut, olive, or avocado)
Slow cooked lamb shanks cooking instructions:
2. Add spicee of your choice to hot oil and proceed to braise your chopped onion until caramelised.
3. I used a Cajun spice to help the browning of the onions, but if you don't have any you could probably use a bbq spice.
4. Once browned, add your shanks two at a time while turning them and sealing them on a lowish heat.
6. Place the whole lot in to the slow cooker.
7. Mix very well.
8. Cook on high for 4 hours and then on low for 3.
9. The low setting ensures that the gravy gets really nice and thick towards the end.
It was cooked to perfection and I received many compliments. The slow cooked lamb shanks were so incredibly tender and as you pushed your fork into the meat, it literally just fell from the bone. Yum, yum! In terms of wine pairing just about any decent red wine will go beautifully. With our meal we enjoyed a lovely bottle of local Merlot Cinsaut and Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. It was very good!
This meal is definitely a crowd pleaser and really not difficult to make. Hope you give it a try!
p.s. Don't discard the rich thick gravy at the bottom of your slow cooker. You will need it very soon when you make South African lamb, green bean and carrot soup.