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Minted Slow Cooker Lamb Shank With Mint Gravy

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Life is busy, especially now all of our family is based at home, and planning simple, balanced meals for the family is a challenge, especially when you’re juggling work and family life. Thus having a good selection of go-to, simple and balanced family meals is essential. This minted slow cooker lamb shank recipe is perfect for such occasions, in particular when you don’t have time to cook.

How to cook slow cooker minted lamb shank

In addition to featuring lean lamb (read about the benefits below), we pair it with mash or roast potatoes, squash, carrots or parsnips, but you can enjoy it with any veg you have, along with rice or bread.

You can also substitute some of the other ingredients, like replacing the stock with water, or other herbs for the rosemary and mint, such as fennel, garlic, oregano, thyme or marjoram. 

I adore slow cooker recipes that you can just pop on in the morning and leave cooking away in the slow cooker throughout the day. Hence, with a little bit of prep you are able to prepare a delicious hearty meal for the whole family.

Minted lamb shanks recipe

Is Lamb Good For You?

Lamb is a source of vitamin B12, B6 and zinc which can help the immune system work properly

Lamb is a rich source of vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps energy production in the body

Vitamin B12 helps the nervous system work normally

Vitamin B12 helps red blood cell formation

Vitamin B12 helps the immune system work normally

Vitamin B12 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue

Lamb is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides seven vitamins and minerals that contribute towards good health and wellbeing. These are: niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid.

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How To Make Minted Slow Cooker Lamb Shank

Shopping List

  • 4 Lamb shanks (trim the fat off)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4tbsp plain flour
  • 700ml chicken or beef stock
  • 300ml minted jelly (can substitute mint sauce)
  • 5 sprigs of fresh mint leaves or 2 1/2tsp dried mint
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1tsp dried rosemary
  • 1tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp beef gravy granules
Ingredients for slow cooker lamb shank

Preparation And Method For Slow Cooker Lamb Shank

Firstly, trim any remaining fat off the lamb.

Next chop the onions and put in the slow cooker.

Heat the oil in a pan.

Roll the lamb in the flour and then brown in the pan to sear the meat.

Transfer the meat to the slow cooker

Lastly, add the stock and 250ml of the mint jelly to the pan to glaze and bring to the boil before pouring into the slow cooker ensuring the liquid covers the meat.

Add 80% of the mint leaves and 2 sprigs of rosemary and place the lid on.

Now leave for 7-8 hours cooking on high, after that time the lamb will be tender and almost falling off the bone.

Note, there will be a lot of liquid in the slow cooker, however this helps the meat stay moist and can be used for gravy later on.

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How To Make The Mint Gravy (Optional but delicious)

After 6 hours, ladle out enough of the liquid to make your gravy, allowing a little extra.

Allow the liquid to cool and any fat will rise to the top.

Spoon off the fat and dispose of and put to one side.

When you are ready to dish up, sieve the remaining liquid. Add a spoonful of beef gravy granules and top up with boiling water, stirring continuously, until combined. 

easy lamb for midweek meals

Serving Recommendations For Minted Slow Cooker Lamb Shank

Slow Cooker Lamb Shank Recipe need easy midweek family meal idea.
easy lamb for midweek meals

Minted Slow Cooker Lamb Shank

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Delicious easy minted slow cooker lamb shank, perfect midweek family meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Lamb shanks (trim the fat off)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4tbsp plain flour
  • 700ml chicken or beef stock
  • 300ml minted jelly (can substitute mint sauce)
  • 5 sprigs of fresh mint leaves or 2 1/2tsp dried mint
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary or 1tsp dried rosemary
  • 1tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp beef gravy granules

Instructions

      1. Firstly, trim any remaining fat off the lamb.
      2. Next chop the onions and put in the slow cooker.
      3. Heat the oil in a pan.
      4. Roll the lamb in the flour and then brown in the pan to sear the meat.
      5. Transfer the meat to the slow cooker
      6. Lastly, add the stock and 250ml of the mint jelly to the pan to glaze and bring to the boil before pouring into the slow cooker ensuring the liquid covers the meat.
      7. Add 80% of the mint leaves and 2 sprigs of rosemary and place the lid on.
      8. Now leave for 7-8 hours cooking on high, after that time the lamb will be tender and almost falling off the bone.
      9. Note, there will be a lot of liquid in the slow cooker, however this helps the meat stay moist and can be used for gravy later on.


Notes

How To Make The Mint Gravy (Optional but delicious)


After 6 hours, ladle out enough of the liquid to make your gravy, allowing a little extra.

Allow the liquid to cool and any fat will rise to the top.

Spoon off the fat and dispose of and put to one side.

When you are ready to dish up, sieve the remaining liquid. Add a spoonful of beef gravy granules and top up with boiling water, stirring continuously, until combined.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 51g

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Owen Robson

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Just wondering what to do with the remaining 20% of the mint and the left over jelly?

SarahJChristie

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Owen use to garnish a serve the Jelly on the table for the potatoes. A lot of mint, but I love mint.

Jaime Oliver

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

How have i never ever put my lamb in a slow cooker! i need to try is asap!

Zena's Suitcase

Monday 25th of May 2020

Lamb with mint is one of my favourite combinations, it has feel good food written all over it

Susan Mann

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

This looks so good. Will definitely give this a go. It looks extremely tasty. I've pinned to make at the weekend x

Wendy

Monday 11th of May 2020

Oh my goodness I'll bet that tastes amazing - great idea too for an easy Sunday lunch :)

Leanne Gibb

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Trying this today. Between home schooling and work there's no time to cook a decent meal. Looking forward to tea time ?

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