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    Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

    Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks. Photo by Leggy Peggy

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    6 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    6 hrs

    I'mPat's Note:

    This recipe is by Julie Goodwin the first Australian MasterChef, saving here as I plan on making it later this month but want to be able to scale it back for 2 persons. Times are estimated.

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    1. 1
      Heat half the oil in a large frying pan.
    2. 2
      Toss the lamb in flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper; shake away excess and cook the lamb over high heat until browned all over; transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker.
    3. 3
      Add remaining oil the the same pan and sauté onions, carrots and garlic, stirring, over a medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the onion is starting to soften and then add the tomato paste and cook stirring for a further minute.
    4. 4
      Add the wine to the pan, bring to the boil and then stir in stock, undrained tomatoes, sugar and bouquet garni and bring the boil; pour over the lamb in the slow cooker, making sure the lamb is covered by the liquid.
    5. 5
      Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on the low setting or until lamb is soft and fall off the bone (see notes).
    6. 6
      Remove the lamb from the slow cooker and cover to keep warm.
    7. 7
      Turn the cooker to the high setting, cook uncovered for about 30 minutes or until sauce thicken slightly, removing any fat from the surface.
    8. 8
      Serve the lamb with the sauce, instant polenta and steamed green vegetables, if desired.
    9. 9
      Suitable to freeze but not to microwave.
    10. 10
      JULIE'S NOTES - I made this dish simultaneously in two types of slow cookers. It was interesting to see how the low settings differed between them. The cooking varied by about 2 hours, as one cooker had a much lower heat than the other. It is important to keep an eye out, taste as you go and use your own judgement. Bouquet garni is a bundle of fresh herbs, usually by 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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    • on March 29, 2014


      Great recipe for lamb shanks and so very easy to make. I followed the recipe except for the tomato paste and the bouquet garni. Usually I never run out of things, but I couldn't find even a speck of tomato paste in the cupboard, so in desperation I used a sachet of fajita sauce. As for the bouquet garni, I have a jar of herbes de provence, so used a heaped teaspoon of that instead. My shanks weren't frenched, so I expected, and got, quite a bit of fat, which I spooned off while the sauce was cooking down. I completely forgot the sugar and it was not missed. Served and enjoyed with snow peas and mashed potatoes -- got to have something to soak up all that wonderful sauce. Thanks to you Pat and to Julie Goodwin too.

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    Nutritional Facts for Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

    Serving Size: 1 (772 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 886.1
    Calories from Fat 371
    Total Fat 41.2 g
    Saturated Fat 14.8 g
    Cholesterol 242.1 mg
    Sodium 721.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 16.7 g
    Protein 77.2 g

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    bouquet garni

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