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Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks

Slow-Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks
Braised in a slow cooker, these lamb shanks are falling-off-the-bone tender. Serve with buttery egg noodles, mashed potatoes or creamy polenta to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 lamb shanks, external fat trimmed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine

Directions:

Put the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaf in a slow cooker and stir to combine.

Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until nearly smoking. Add the shanks and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Remove the sauté pan from the heat, pour in the wine and return to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from the pan bottom. Add the wine to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 6 hours according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the lamb shanks to a large serving dish.

Remove the bay leaf from the cooking liquid. Using a blender or stick blender, puree the liquids and solids until smooth. Pour some of the sauce over the shanks and pass the rest alongside.
Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.