Pressure Cooker Grassfed Lamb-Shank Soup
Some of my posts are out of sequence here…I don’t think I’ve shown the Box-O-Lamb yet but I’ll get that soon. I also do not think I’ve posted the video of how to use the pressure-cooker yet…but I just got a mac so I think my media processing will improve here soon! Anyway, this meal is from the lamb shanks which have a nice amount of meat on them but the real treat with these is the marrow in the bones. It makes an insanely rich soup stock that you can use straight out in a soup like this or save the stock to use in other recipes. Stock BTW is the secret to ANY good chef’s best meals. So, these lamb shanks came cut through the long bones so they were easily separated. I hrew them in the pressure cooker with a little coconut oil to brown them. This really lays a base of flavor for the soup or stock either one. About mid-way through this process I added 3 diced yellow onions so they could carmelize and provide some sweet/pungent to the soup. After the shanks were fully browned I added about 2 quarts of water, and a pretty good amount of chilli powder (I can’t STAND measuring shit when I cook…don’t ask how much I used as I have no idea! Just tinker and see what works or follow Martha Stewart or “Fit To Eat” for exact measures), diced garlic and about 4 large carrots. I threw the lid on the pressure-cooker and let it rip for a good 20 minutes at full pressure. I then turned it off and let it come down to room temp.
The resulting soup was amazingly thick and flavorful. The veggies were cooked down nicely but the real treat was the fall-off-the-bone meat and lip-smacking marrow! For the seriously adventurous paleo eater (Welbourn, talking to you here) you can eat a significant amount of the cartilage and bone as the pressure cooking has rendered even the tougher structures pretty soft. Not for the faint of heart (like my brother-in-law) but it is sooo yummy. I was watching re-runs of BSG while gnoshing on this stuff and I was in heaven. Zone measures? No fracking idea. This is one of my difficulties with the Zone as soup is literally my favorite meal. We were able to eat on this soup for several meals and the bones that were still too tough to eat ended up in the garden to provide some alkalinizing agent for the soil.