Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks With Rosemary

Savory Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks
Savory Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 9 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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Rosemary and mushrooms help to flavor this melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb. This lamb cooks for about 10 to 12 hours, and it's perfect for a busy day meal.

See Also
Savory Oven Braised Lamb Shanks
Herbed Leg of Lamb with Pan Gravy

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 to 6 lamb shanks, about 6 pounds
  • 1 cup Pinot Noir or Burgundy, or other dry red wine
  • 3 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary or about 1 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large carrot, diced

How to Make It

  1. To peel the onions, drop in boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Transfer to cold water. Cut off the root end and slip off skins. Frozen small white onions may be used.
  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.
  3. Cook the lamb shanks in the hot oil, turning frequently until browned on all sides.
  4. Place the browned lamb shanks in a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker.
  5. Add the peeled onions or onion wedges to the slow cooker.
  1. Meanwhile, combine the wine with mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and garlic; set aside.
  2. To the hot skillet, add mushrooms and carrots. Cook the mushrooms and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Spoon the vegetables over the lamb shanks.
  3. Pour the wine mixture into the skillet, scraping up the browned bits with a spatula. Bring to a simmer; pour over the lamb shanks in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Reduce heat to LOW and cook for 6 to 8 hours longer.