Shanks

I recently acquired a Chasseur French Oven and was motivated by the cold weather to make some delicious slow cooked lamb shanks.

Preparing low carb comfort food can be pretty difficult – whenever I’m feeling stressed I lean toward carby foods like turkish toast or baklava but I think lamb shanks / beans / cauliflower mash will hit the spot.

I don’t typically post food photos here but I think it’s as good a place as any.  I recently replaced my 16-50 2.8 lens after I destroyed my last one in Japan and I want to get back into the habit of taking photos.

Lamb Shanks:

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  • 4 lamb shanks
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper – freshly ground
  • 1 onion
  • 1 birdseye chilli
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 2 cups red wine (I went with Brokenwood Cricket Pitch)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 600g whole peeled tomatoes
  • Fresh rosemary – to taste
  • Fresh thyme – to taste
  • Lemon Rind

I opted to cut small slits into the lamb shanks and stuff them with slices of garlic.  After rubbing them liberally with salt and pepper, I heated a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in the french oven and browned the lamb shanks for two minutes on each side.

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After they’d browned nicely, I let them rest in a bowl (to chill out and also to gather their wonderful juices) and fried a roughly chopped onion, a couple of cloves of diced garlic, the chilli and mushrooms for about six minutes.  When the onion was translucent, I added the red wine and and stirred to remove any browned deliciousness from the pan.  It reached a boil, I added the tomatoes / rosemary / thyme / both stocks  and a bit of extra salt and pepper, returned it to a boil and added the lamb shanks (and all their wonderful juices).

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After the delicious sauce returned to a boil, I moved the pan over to the smallest hob on the stove, and set it to low.  I let the shanks hang out on low for a couple of hours before removing them to a bowl and covering them, and then letting the sauce reduce with the lid off.

I took the opportunity to make Cauliflower Mash  – Mellissa is a low carb goddess and her cauliflower mash is amazing – while waiting for the sauce to reduce.  It’s one of my favourite lower carb treats and it’s perfect with beans and anything saucy.

 

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