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Step By Step - Instructions

1. To begin, take the celery and remove the strings from the back of each stick. Chop one and a half sticks finely and the remaining half, into bite sized pieces. Place in separate bowls. Chop two thirds of the leek finely and one third into bite sized pieces and place into the corresponding bowls so as to keep the finely chopped and bite sized pieces separate. Chop two thirds of the peeled carrots finely and one third into bite sized pieces and place into the corresponding bowls.
2. Chop the parsley, removing the stalks but chopping them and adding to the finely chopped vegetables' bowl. Keep the chopped leaves separate.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan until really quite hot. Add the lamb shanks, sprinkle with a little sea salt & black pepper and sear them on all available surfaces until golden and caramelised. Place them into the slow cooker with the bite sized vegetables and switch to low.
4. Reduce the heat under the frying pan to moderate and add the onion, garlic and finely chopped vegetables. Cook for some 5-10 minutes, until slightly softened.
5. Add the butter, rosemary, dried mint, a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
6. Stir to combine and allow to sweat and cook through a little more until the vegetables are somewhat transparent and softened and the herbs have become aromatic.
7. Increase the heat under the pan, add the red wine and bring to a lively boil for some 2-3 minutes.
8. Add the lamb stock, cranberry sauce, Worcestershire sauce and chopped parsley leaves. Stir through and reduce the heat under the pan, back to moderate.
9. Once the flavours have had 5 minutes or so to mingle, taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. I doubt you will require more salt, but I needed to add more pepper at this stage.
10. Place the flour into a small bowl and wet down with water until it forms a loose, pourable paste.
11. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the paste in a thin stream to the wine mixture, stirring very well and constantly. Continue to stir until the paste has been accepted into the sauce.
12. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker, giving everything a little stir to ensure everything is coated. Replace the lid and cook for a minimum of 7 hours, returning to turn the shanks in the sauce, every 2 hours or so. Depending on the size of your shanks, you may need to turn the slow cooker up to medium as you go.
13. When the cooking time is up, ladle the sauce from the slow cooker to a saucepan. Turn the slow cooker to low in order to keep the shanks warm and run a slotted spoon through the sauce, returning any vegetables you may catch to the slow cooker.
14. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil and allow it to reduce to a thicker, glossier appearance and an intensified flavour. This is entirely to taste, so when you are happy with your sauce, you are ready to plate up.

Full Ingredients List

2 tbsp olive oil
2 x 500g lamb shanks
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery
1 large leek
2 carrots
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
10g salted butter
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 tsp dried mint
400ml full bodied red wine
400ml lamb stock
125g cranberry sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Recipe Infomation

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 450 Minutes

Temp: Gas mark 6, 200C (395F)


Serves: 2

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