Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce

  • Prepare: 10M
  • Cook: 3H 30M
  • Total: 3H 40M
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients

  • Meat

    • 4 Lamb shanks
  • Produce

    • 1 cup Carrot
    • 1 cup Celery
    • 3 Garlic cloves
    • 1 cup Onion, yellow or white brown
    • 5 sprigs Thyme
    • 28 oz Tomatoes
  • Canned Goods

    • 2 cups Chicken stock
    • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 Pepper
    • 2 tsp Salt
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Beer, Wine & Liquor

    • 2 1/2 cups Red wine
  • Liquids

    • 1/2 cups Water, HOT
  • Other

    • 2 Dried bay leaves or 4 fresh
  • Time
  • Prepare: 10M
  • Cook: 3H 30M
  • Total: 3H 40M

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Description

Fast Prep, Big Flavours

These lamb shanks are meltingly tender with a rich glossy sauce. The deep flavours of a full bodied (cheap!) red wine makes a perfect sauce base for lamb. Make this in the oven, on your stove or even in a slow cooker - instructions provided for all. I served these with creamy cauliflower puree but creamy mashed potatoes are also the perfect accompaniment! Even though this has wine in the ingredients, all the alcohol is completely evaporated, making it perfectly safe for children. There is no distinct red wine flavour in the sauce, just a deep, rich gravy flavour that youll never get in powder form from the store!

Ingredients

  • 4 lamb shanks, around 1 lb / 500g each (Note 1)
  • 2 tsp salt, separated
  • Pepper
  • 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil, separated
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced (brown, yellow or white)
  • 1 cup carrot, finely diced (optional) (Note 2)
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced (optional) (Note 2)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2½ cups red wine, full bodied (good value wine, not expensive! Note 3)
  • 28 oz / 800g can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (preferably tied together), or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves or 4 fresh
  • ½ to 1½ cups hot water

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • Pat the lamb shanks dry and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt and black pepper.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a heavy based pot (dutch oven is ideal) over high heat.
  • Sear the lamb shanks in 2 batches until brown all over, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove lamb onto a plate and drain excess fat (if any) from the pot.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low. Heat remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil in the same pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sauté for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the red wine and turn up the heat to medium high. Bring it to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan to mix all the brown bits into the wine. Simmer for 3 minutes to evaporate the alcohol a bit (Note 4).
  • Add the remaining ingredients (including remaining 1 tsp salt and pepper) and stir to combine.
  • Place the lamb shanks into the pot, squeezing them in to fit so they are mostly submerged. (Note 1)
  • Bring back up to simmer, cover, then transfer to the oven for 2 hours (see notes for slow cooker).
  • Turn the lamb shanks, cover, then return to the oven for another 30 minutes (so 2½ hours in total). The lamb should be very tender, the exposed surface above the liquid should be browned and the sauce should be reduced down to about ¼ of the original amount.
  • Carefully transfer the lamb to a plate and pick out the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  • Skim excess fat off the surface of sauce. Use a stick blender to puree the sauce to make it smooth and thick. Use hot water to adjust the thickness and intensity of the sauce. (Note 5) Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the lamb shanks on mashed potato or cauliflower puree with plenty of sauce!

Nutrition

Nutrition Information Serving size: 822g Calories: 753 cal Fat: 26.3g Saturated fat: 7.7g Unsaturated fat: 18.6g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 27.4g Sugar: 5.4g Sodium: 2054mg Fiber: 5.9g Protein: 75.1g Cholesterol: 225mg
  • Serves: 4
  • Prepare: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 mins
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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce

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These slow cooked lamb shanks are meltingly tender and are braised in a rich red wine sauce. Super easy to make in the slow cooker OR on the stove!

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Red Wine Sauce

  • Meat

    • 4 Lamb shanks
  • Produce

    • 1 cup Carrot
    • 1 cup Celery
    • 3 Garlic cloves
    • 1 cup Onion, yellow or white brown
    • 5 sprigs Thyme
    • 28 oz Tomatoes
  • Canned Goods

    • 2 cups Chicken stock
    • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 Pepper
    • 2 tsp Salt
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Beer, Wine & Liquor

    • 2 1/2 cups Red wine
  • Liquids

    • 1/2 cups Water, HOT
  • Other

    • 2 Dried bay leaves or 4 fresh

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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce

These slow cooked lamb shanks are meltingly tender and are braised in a rich red wine sauce. Super easy to make in the slow cooker OR on the stove!