Braised lamb shanks served with stewed dried fruit

Lamb and Mutton SA
6 servings Prep: 15 mins, Cooking: 2 hrs 15 mins
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Lamb shanks braised with muscadel and served with spicy stewed dried fruit on a bed of creamy samp and a pistachio pesto.

By Independent Contributor May 25 2023
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Ingredients (32)

1 cup white wine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion — peeled and finely chopped
2 medium carrots — peeled and small diced
2 garlic cloves — finely chopped
1 medium leek — washed and finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 bouquet garni — (bay leaf, sprig thyme, sprigs parsley)
1 kg lamb shanks — about 500g each
2 tbsp flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion — peeled and cut into chunks
2 large carrots — peeled and cut into large chunks
2 stalks celery — cut into chunks
1 leek — washed and thickly sliced
1 tin crushed tomatoes
2 cup lamb stock — or chicken stock
2 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs parsley
1 tsp black peppercorns
Stewed Fruit
2 Granny Smith apples
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup orange juice
6 dried figs
6 dates — dried and pitted
6 dried apricots
2 tbsp raisins — golden
1 cup fresh mint — washed dried and finely shredded
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Made using a Vortex Air Fryer and Instant Pot Pro.

To make the marinade, mix the wine, oil, onion, carrots, garlic and leek together in a large, heavy ovenproof dish. Add the shank to the marinade, sprinkle with the cumin and coriander seeds, and toss to coat.

Add the bouquet garni and marinate shanks overnight.

Remove the shanks from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Transfer the shanks with tongs to a plate. Pat shanks dry. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together and roll the shanks in the seasoned flour.

Pour the marinade through a sieve set over a bowl and reserve the liquid, vegetables and bouquet garni.

Set the Instant Pot to sauté, on the high heat setting. Add the oil when it is hot and brown the shanks in two batches, turning the meat to brown on both sides for about 10 minutes. Set aside on a plate.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the Instant Pot and add the onion, carrots, celery and leek. Sauté for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are brown and begin to soften, scraping loose the browned bits.

Add the reserved vegetables from the marinade to the Instant Pot and cook, stirring occasionally for 5–6 minutes.

Add the reserved marinade to the Instant Pot and deglaze, loosening the bits on the base. Add the bouquet garni, shanks, tomatoes and stock, and bring to the boil. Add the rosemary, thyme and parsley. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by half.

Close the Instant Pot and move the vent up to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high (turn off the keep warm function) and set it for 50 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the Natural Pressure Release (NPR) to take effect, which will take around 20 minutes. The pressure valve will drop down once it has released all the pressure.

Preheat the air fryer to 190°C on the roast setting. Remove the lamb shanks and place in an ovenproof container that will fit into the air fryer. Add the vegetables and remaining cooking liquid to the container, spreading it around the shanks. Cook for 20–30 minutes or until brown and crispy.

Serve with creamy samp and stewed dried fruit. 

To make the stewed fruit:

While the shanks are braising, peel and core the apples and cut them into slices about 0.5cm thick. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the Instant Pot and cook the apples on the sauté setting for about 2 minutes. Add the orange juice and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the dried figs, dates, apricots and raisins, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the shredded mint, mix with the fruit and serve separately with the lamb, vegetables, creamy samp and pistachio pesto.

Supported by the Red Meat Industry of SA.

Recipe developed by Gerrie Du Rand; Styling by Caro Alberts; Photography by Michelle Parkin Photography

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