Pressure cookers – what a great invention! Particularly for those of us who toil from 9-5 and frankly don’t have the energy to start cooking at the end of a tiring day.
I bought my first pressure cooker about a year ago through a Fly Buys scheme – you know, where you trade points for rewards… Well, it turned out to be a real dog and, much to my disgust, it crapped out a few months later. I decided that’d be the last time I bought a pressure cooker…
Okay, I was a bit hasty with that decision as it turned out, because I happened upon a much more reputable model at my favourite homeware store, marked down by a massive 60%. I figured at that price it was worth the punt, so I bit the bullet.
And, it’s been a love affair ever since! I’ve been making lots of super quick meals (chicken soup and bone broth are regulars) and just recently I tried out this recipe (thanks to Mrs Goodall from Food.com) for Lamb Shanks with Red Wine & Garlic Sauce. Taking only 45 minutes from start to finish, you’d think this baby had been slow cooked for hours.
We’re talking tender meat falling off the bones here folks, doused in a seriously tasty sauce combining red wine, stock, garlic, tomato paste and rosemary. It was so good, I doubled the quantity and suggest you do too. Enjoy!
- 1 kilo (2 lbs) lamb shanks
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 cup chicken stock (or other preferred broth)
- 1 cup port wine (I used pinot noir)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried or fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, to taste
- Trim excess fat from the lamb shanks (if you prefer) and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the shanks and brown on all sides.
- When the shanks are browned, add the garlic cloves and cook until the cloves are lightly browned, but not burned.
- Add the stock, wine, tomato paste, and rosemary, stirring so the tomato paste dissolves.
- Close the pressure cooker and bring up to full pressure. Once reached, reduce heat to low and
- cook for 30 minutes.*
- Remove the pressure cooker from the heat and let the pressure release naturally.
- Then remove the lamb shanks and cover them with foil to keep them warm.
- Return the pan to the heat and boil the liquid, uncovered, for 5 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce (or you could add a little cornflour (corn starch) if you're short for time).
- Whisk in the butter, then add the vinegar.
- Serve the lamb with some of the sauce poured over top, and put the remaining sauce in a pouring jug so it can be added as needed.
Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC ‘Art’ lens / Natural lighting