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    Lamb shanks with red wine, rosemary and bay leaves

    Serves: 4
    Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins + overnight, to marinate

    Cook this comfort-laden dish to perfection in an Instant Pot!


    • 4 lamb shanks (1,2 – 1,6kg each)
    • olive oil, to rub and to sauté
    • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 8 sprigs rosemary
    • 8 fresh bay leaves
    • 1 large brown onion, peeled and chopped
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, trimmed and chopped
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
    • 1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
    • 1 cup (250ml) lamb/beef stock
    • mashed potatoes, to serve
    • steamed green vegetables, to serve



    Rub the lamb shanks with the olive oil and 4 crushed garlic cloves. Season well. Lay the shanks on a tray lined with 2 rosemary sprigs and 2 bay leaves. Top the shanks with 2 more rosemary sprigs and 2 more bay leaves, cover tightly with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight to marinate. When you are ready to cook the lamb, scrape the herbs and garlic off the shanks, and discard the herbs and garlic.


    Set the Instant Pot to Sauté on the High setting and add a splash of olive oil. When the pot is hot, brown the shanks in 2 batches on all sides, turning the meat as you go. Once brown, remove the shanks and set aside until needed. Drain off the fat from the Instant Pot bowl.


    Keep the Instant Pot set to Sauté and reduce the temperature to the Medium setting. Place the chopped onion, carrots and celery in the Instant Pot bowl and cook, 6 – 8 minutes, until softened. Stir occasionally. Add the tomato paste, the remaining 4 crushed garlic cloves and 4 bay leaves, and cook for about 1 minute. When the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the Instant Pot, add the red wine and deglaze the bowl. Boil for about 6 minutes (still set to Sauté on Medium setting) until the wine has reduced by ¾.


    Add the tinned diced tomatoes and season to taste. Add the remaining 4 rosemary sprigs and the finely chopped parsley.


    Return the browned lamb shanks to the Instant Pot, along with the lamb/beef stock. Arrange the shanks so they are submerged in the liquid as much as possible. Close and move the vent up to the Sealing position.


    Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on high and set the timer for 50 minutes.(turn off the Keep Warm function). Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow a Natural Pressure Release (NPR), which will take about 20 minutes. You will know the pressure has released when the pressure valve has dropped.


    Remove the lamb shanks and set aside, covered with foil to keep them warm. Drain the liquid from the Instant Pot bowl into another large bowl, using a sieve. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can. As this cools a layer of fat will start forming on the surface of the liquid. Remove the layer of fat and pour the cooking juices back into the Instant Pot and set to Sauté on Low. Cook the juices down for 10 – 12 minutes until they have reduced and thickened slightly.


    To serve, pour the reduced gravy over the lamb shanks and serve with mashed potatoes and steamed greens alongside.

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    Recipe, photographs and videos by Sam Linsell, Drizzle and Dip

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com