Let's just say that my Mum didn't like to cook and her Mum wasn't a cook either. Not sure where I get my love of cooking. Dad likes to watch cooking shows and so do I so let's just go with me getting it from him.
Remember how, as a kid, there were certain meals that you just dreaded!??
For me it was two meals that my Step Father made. One was good old Rice-A-Riso with "can't chew it 'cause it's too tough diced pork". The other was lamb shanks cooked in a frying pan. You know, before lamb shanks were the cool thing to cook and they were still cheap as chips. Tough and chewy! Yuck!
I have never ever eaten Rice-A-Riso since I left home and until I bought a slow cooker a few years back I stayed clear of lamb shanks too.
But last week I came across a slow cooker recipe* for lamb shanks and thought I'd give it a crack. Now I'm here to share it with you.
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks
- 4-6 frenched lamb shanks (if you don't wish to sell your first born to buy frenched one just get un-frenched ones)
- 2 tbsp plain flour (use gluten free to make the recipe GF**) seasoned with salt, pepper and dried oregano and basil.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 3 medium capsiums (I use 1 red, 1 green, 1 orange), chopped
- 1 large zucchini, chopped
- 1 small eggplant, chopped
- 3 sticks celery, sliced
- 1 large chilli (seeds in or out, your choice)
- 2 x 400g cans chopped, diced or crushed tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 cup beef stock
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Salt and pepper to season
- Arrowroot powder (or similar) to thicken
Putting it together
- Place lamb and flour in a bowl. Toss to coat. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook lamb for 5 to 6 minutes, turning, until shanks are browned all over. Transfer to the bowl of your slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, capsicum, zucchini, eggplant and celery to pan. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until vegetables just start to brown.
- Add vegeatable mix to lamb shanks. Combine tomato paste, stock and wine and pour over lamb and veg. Top with chopped tomatoes.Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8.
- Remove lamb from sauce and set aside. If sauce is too watery thicken with arrowroot (2 tbsp dissolved in a little water) - stir in oregano and basil and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve lamb shanks over mashed potato (GF), pasta, cous cous or quinoa (GF) and ladel over vegetable sauce.
*The original recipe is from here. I've changed it and made it my own
**GF = Gluten Free
The lamb was soooo tender and fell off the bones! Mr Hausfrau loved it and the kids gave it their tick of approval. I ended up with lots of left over sauce so have frozen it and will use it for a meat free pasta or a base for another casserole.
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