Recipe

Slow-cooker lamb shanks

There's a reason lamb shanks are among the best cuts of meat for your slow-cooker. There's nothing like coming home to a perfectly tender lamb shank.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 7 hrs cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 (1.5kg) trimmed lamb shanks
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 2 medium (300g) brown onions, chopped
  • 2 medium (240g) carrots, chopped
  • 4 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 2 cup (500ml) salt-reduced beef stock
  • 2 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bouquet garni (see tips)

Method

  • 1
    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Toss lamb in flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper; shake away excess. Cook lamb over high heat until browned all over; transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • 2
    Add remaining oil to the same pan with onions, carrots and garlic; cook, stirring, over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the onion is starting to soften. Add the tomato paste; cook, stirring, for a further minute.
  • 3
    Add the wine to the pan; bring to the boil. Stir in stock, undrained tomatoes, sugar and bouquet garni. Bring to the boil; pour over the lamb in the slow cooker, making sure the lamb is covered by the liquid. Cover; cook for 6-8 hours on the low setting or until lamb is soft and falling off the bone.
  • 4
    Remove the lamb from the slow cooker; cover to keep warm. Turn the cooker to the high setting; cook, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Remove any fat from the surface. Serve the lamb with the sauce, mashed potatoes and steamed green vegetables, if desired.

Notes

Bouquet garni is a bundle of fresh herbs, usually a bay leaf, sprig of thyme and parsley stalks, tied together with kitchen string. The bundle is removed at the end of cooking and discarded.

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