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Written by Pippa Hawkins, Antoinette Bisset, Kelly Harvey on August 25th, 2017

THE GREAT LAMB NECK CHOP & LAMB SHANK CHALLENGE

Pippa cooked  lamb necks chops...
With lamb being my red meat of choice, the decision was easy when I had to cook for our office challenge. When tasked with the job of cooking with a cut I had never used before, there were only a handful of lamb cuts to choose from and I settled on lamb neck. 

The recipe I picked, Braised Lamb Neck with Italian Fregola, wasn’t designed for the slow cooker but I adapted it to suit. Believe it or not, I had only ever used the slow cooker once – and it is such a good tool for the busy working gal, it was a treat to arrive home last night and find my dinner pretty much ready to go! When hunting for a recipe to use I found a lot that were quite basic and I wanted a bit of gourmet flair which I achieved with the garnish and carb component of this dish.

I woke up early yesterday morning and browned my lamb neck chops and veges, popped them in the slow cooker on low and took off for work for the day. I arrived home to the aroma of deliciousness and couldn’t wait to tuck in. I did the finishing touches of the recipe that involved cooking the fregola, thickening the sauce and adding the garnish and voila, we were ready to roll. The flavours were rich and decadent, the fregola added amazing texture and the fresh parsley and preserved lemons really balanced the flavours and added a fresh twist. This was an absolute winner, easy, affordable and delicious.

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Prepping ingredients
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Ready to slow cook
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The final result


Antoinette cooked lamb shanks...
I actually can’t believe I have never cooked with lamb shanks. When I see them on a restaurant menu I’m always drawn to in so it left me wondering why I haven’t experimented at home! I really should have given them a go though because they were so easy and I ended up with the most impressive result – I used Chelsea Winter’s lamb shank recipe and I honestly think this will become my ‘go-to’ for entertaining – low fuss and maximum results. The end product was beautifully saucy lamb that just fell off the bone – perfect with mash and green veg. I used four shanks which was probably overkill to feed two adults and two kids that eat like sparrows – but that’s probably the best part… We had fabulous leftovers that we were able to enjoy all week in sandwiches and wraps!

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Prepping the lamb shanks
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Antoinette's lamb shanks
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Kelly's lamb shanks

Kelly cooked lamb shanks...
I have never been overly adventurous with different meat cuts, especially with 2 pre-schoolers. We have always stuck to the old favourite, mince! To try something different I thought I'd have a crack at lamb shanks. Nice and easy with a crock pot! I threw in some tomatoes, stock and spices and a few hours later they were ready to go. I would definitely cook with lamb shanks again as even my kids loved them. Especially my son who has taken to loving any meat with a bone in it so this was right up his alley. Nothing better than meat falling off the bone and melting in your mouth. A big thumbs up!'

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