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Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

lamb shank with mash potato and gravy
Slow Cooker Lamb Shank

As I venture into the heart of a quaint countryside, a land of rolling hills and lush pastures, the enticing aroma of slow-cooked goodness beckons me. Nestled in the heart of a cozy farmhouse, I am met with a culinary marvel – Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks.

The sight of tender, succulent lamb shanks, nestled in a bath of rich, aromatic broth, tantalizes my senses. The gentle simmering has worked its magic, coaxing the meat to fall effortlessly off the bone, and infusing it with a symphony of herbs and spices.

With each spoonful, I am transported to a time when cooking was an art passed down through generations. This dish celebrates the traditions of the countryside, where patience and care imbue the humblest of ingredients with profound flavors.

As I savor the Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks, I am reminded that food is not just about nourishment; it is an exploration of culture and history, a journey through the soul of a region and its people.

So, let us embark on this culinary odyssey and immerse ourselves in the art of crafting Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks, a dish that beckons us to relish the wonders of time-honored cooking.

Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks Recipe for 4 People


- 4 lamb shanks

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 1 large onion, diced

- 4 cloves garlic, minced

- 2 carrots, diced

- 2 celery stalks, diced

- 1 cup red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot)

- 2 cups beef or vegetable broth

- 2 tablespoons tomato paste

- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

- 2 sprigs fresh thyme

- 2 bay leaves

- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Season the lamb shanks generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. In a large skillet or pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the lamb shanks on all sides until they develop a deep golden brown crust. Remove the shanks from the pan and set them aside.

3. In the same pan, add the diced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and the flavors meld together.

4. Deglaze the pan with red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Allow the wine to simmer for a minute or two to reduce slightly.

5. Transfer the sautéed vegetables and wine into the slow cooker.

6. Stir in the beef or vegetable broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, and bay leaves.

7. Nestle the seared lamb shanks into the slow cooker, ensuring they are fully submerged in the liquid.

8. Cover the slow cooker and cook the lamb shanks on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 4-5 hours, or until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.

9. Once the lamb shanks are done cooking, remove them from the slow cooker and set them aside.

10. If desired, strain the liquid in the slow cooker to remove any solids and skim off excess fat. Simmer the liquid in a saucepan until it thickens to your desired consistency to create a luscious gravy.

11. Serve the Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks with the gravy, and enjoy the heartwarming flavors that pay tribute to the countryside's culinary traditions.

Suggested Side Dishes:

- Roasted root vegetables

- Buttered green beans

- Crusty bread for dipping into the gravy

Equipment Needed:

- Slow cooker

- Large skillet or pan for searing the lamb shanks

- Saucepan (optional for reducing the cooking liquid into gravy)

Commonly Made Mistakes and Points of Care:

1. Searing the Lamb Shanks: Take the time to properly sear the lamb shanks to develop a beautiful caramelized crust. This step enhances the flavor of the final dish.

2. Slow Cooking Time: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and type of slow cooker used. Check the lamb shanks periodically to ensure they are tender and fully cooked.

3. Deglazing the Pan: Deglaze the pan with red wine to capture all the flavorful browned bits left from searing the lamb shanks. This adds depth to the dish.

4. Choosing Lamb Shanks: Opt for high-quality lamb shanks with ample marbling, as this will result in tender and flavorful meat.

5. Herbs and Spices: Adjust the amount of herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. Remember, these elements play a significant role in the overall flavor profile of the dish.

6. Removing Excess Fat: Skim off any excess fat from the cooking liquid before serving the gravy for a rich, but not overly greasy, finish.

Unleash the rustic charm of Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks, and allow the tender embrace of time and tradition to grace your dining table. Embrace the essence of a region and its people through this soulful dish that celebrates the art of slow cooking. Bon appétit!

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