Lamb shanks are a great meat for novice pressure cookers. The lamb is a great cut of meat with a rich flavor. With traditional cooking, you are looking at a good 2 hours, with the Pressure Cooker just 30 minutes!! The recipe comes from "The New Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Pat Dailey, a great book. Honestly, I didn't taste the garlic that much, not sure whether to add more, or give the garlic cloves a chop or two. I did use port, but I imagine you could substitute a heavy red wine. I served with orzo pasta mixed with green peas. This recipe is for 2, but it would be easy to make for 4 or 6 depending on the size of your PC, just brown them in in a large frying/sauté pan. Enjoy!
- 2 lbs lamb shanks
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
- 1⁄2 cup chicken stock (or other broth)
- 1⁄2 cup port wine
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (up to 2 teaspoons)
- Trim excess fat from the lamb shanks and season with salt and pepper. (I admit I like fat on my meat, and the lamb isn't that fatty, so I didn't trim my shanks).
- Heat the oil in the PC. Add the shanks and brown on all sides. (You can do this in a separate pan if you like).
- When the shanks are almost completely browned, add the garlic cloves and cook until they are lightly browned but not burned.
- Add the stock, port, tomato paste, and rosemary, stirring so the tomato paste dissolves.
- Close the PC and bring up to full pressure (15 pounds).
- Reduce heat to stabilize pressure and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove PC from heat and let pressure release naturally.
- Remove the lamb shanks.
- Return pan to heat and boil the liquid, uncovered, for 5 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce.
- Whisk in the butter, then add the vinegar.
- Serve the sauce over the lamb.