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A little bird told me…

Posted by mesablue on March 24, 2008

That PattyAnn likes lamb.


Brewfan’s description of his Easter roasted lamb leg inspired me to get a couple of lamb shanks and throw them in the slow cooker.

Smells yummy. Three more hours until they are fall off the bone tender.

Update: Wow, that was the best lamb I’ve ever had. Bar none.ย  And, I’ve eaten a lot of lamb in my day. Even over lamb chops, which I love.


Recipe below the jump.

Savory Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks With Rosemary and Mushrooms

Rosemary and mushrooms help to flavor this melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb. This lamb cooks for about 10 to 12 hours.

* 2 tablespoons 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
* 12 to 16 ounces small white onions, peeled, or 2 medium onions, cut in wedges (I added two shallots and slightly carmelized them before adding them to the pot)

*To peel the onions, drop in boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Transfer to cold water. Cut off root end and slip off skins. Frozen small white onions may be used.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.

Cook the lamb shanks in the hot oil, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Place the browned lamb shanks in a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker. Add the peeled onions or onion wedges to the slow cooker.

Meanwhile, combine the wine with mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, rosemary, parsley, and garlic; set aside.

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. 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.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Reduce heat to LOW and cook for 6 to 8 hours longer.
Serves 4 to 6.


22 Responses to “A little bird told me…”

  1. Mesa you cook the best looking freaking food. OMG!
    You are a natural warrior diet kind of dude too.
    When I grow up and I’m rich some day can I hire you as my personal chef?

  2. PattyAnn said

    Be still my heart. I’d eat it.

  3. BrewFan said

    I’m going to try this. It looks fantastic. I’m a much better cook then a basketball prognosticator ๐Ÿ™‚

    Go Big Red!

  4. mesablue said

    You could easily make this.

    I only used two lamb shanks but kept the rest of the recipe the same so all of the goodness from the sauce concentrated in the shanks. If I was making 4 or more I would double or increase by half everything else. I also made sure to use baby onions and shallots for their sweetness. And they don’t fall completely apart so you can scoop them onto the plate.

    Also, I brown the heck out of the meat and almost fully saute the rest of the veggies to get the natural sugars out.

    The sauce was so good and there was just enough left that I put a pork roast that I was saving for later in the week into it and will let that cook overnight. The rosemary and garlic will be perfect for it.

  5. mesablue said

    Hey Brewfan,

    Your Wisconsin boys are coming here this weekend. Up for a road trip? Tickets were still available at face value last time I checked.

  6. The sauce was so good and there was just enough left that I put a pork roast that I was saving for later in the week into it and will let that cook overnight. The rosemary and garlic will be perfect for it.


  7. PattyAnn said

    *knocks pajamamomma over the head with a sledgehammer*
    If anybody gets to eat that food, it’s me.

  8. You’re such a bully PA! To be honest, I’ve never tasted lamb in my whole entire life.
    I’d prolly be too scared to eat it anyways, you can have it pa. I don’t care
    *runs away

  9. Robert said

    Pork ewww…Damn Goys! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. mesablue said


  11. mesablue said

    Just tried a little bit of the pork roast.


  12. BrewFan said

    That would be totally cool but I’m on one of those 60 hr. a week projects right now. I haven’t been to your part of Michigan in ages. I spent a good part of the summer of my senior year in high school having fun in Algonac. Its where I learned how to ‘shoot a beer’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Yep.


    No other words are necessary.

    The word bacon is a self-contained, perfect argument for … well … just about anything. It trumps any other argument. It wins automatically.

    Entire wars have been prevented by one of the opponents uttering the word “Bacon” at a strategic moment. The Roman Empire is reputed to have fallen because of a carelessly uttered “Bacon” near the Emperor.

    The Big Bang – if you could have heard it – sounded like “B A C O N !”

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  15. PattyAnn said

    mesa, you should add these bacon cups to your repertoire.

    PJ, you have no idea what you have been missing, but I will gladly take your share.

  16. mesablue said


  17. That’s what I like about you PA, you’re ruthless.

  18. Robert said

    No bacon no bacon! ๐Ÿ™‚ EWWW to the bacon!!!

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  20. lauraw said

    I am definitely trying that recipe.

  21. baaaah said

    Baaah, don’t eat me. I’m not weaned yet and I miss my mommy.

    Besides, baby sheep corpse aint where it’s at.


  22. Mad Bluebird said

    This kind of recipes get the jerks from PETA upset they want us all to go vegan becuase PETA IS STUPID

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