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Keto Crockpot Pork Shanks Recipe With Gravy
A beautiful recipe that’s easy to prepare. This Keto crockpot pork shanks recipe was born to impress.
What are Pork Shanks?
I realize that not everyone is up on their pig parts, so I thought it might be helpful to talk about what they are before you sign up to cook them.
Shanks are part of the rear leg of the pig, below where you’d get ham. If you’re familiar with ham hocks, which are typically lower down on the leg, pork shanks are meatier.
Shanks need to be cooked slowly, or you’ll be gnawing on a dry and chewy disappointment. Shanks are perfect for the slow cooker, which is recommended for this recipe.
It’s especially delicious with some Keto gravy.
How to Make Keto Gravy
If you’ve ever made gravy, or if you know anything about it, you are probably skeptical that gravy could be low-carb.
Gravy contains a little something called flour, which has a little something called carbs. Most gravy is very contrary to ketosis.
This Keto gravy, however, is safe for your diet. It uses good old-fashioned cooking juices from the pork shanks, along with onion, mustard, and ghee.
You still get plenty of flavors, but you’re spared all the carbs.
What to Serve With Pork Shanks
Now that dinner is settled, you need something to serve with it. Of course, you could serve it with broccoli as shown, but you may want other options.
Here are some sides that I like with this dish:
Or, if none of those catch your eye, you could always pair it with a simple salad.
The Best Way to Start Keto
Getting started with any diet is the worst part, and that’s definitely true of Keto.
Whether you dive in headfirst or take a more gradual approach depends a lot on your current diet and your commitment level.
Ultimately, the best diet is the one you stick with, and you want to set yourself up for success. Think about your goals, and check out The Keto Diet for Beginners: A Guide for How to Start Keto.
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Delicious pork shanks slow-cooked to perfection.
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
- 2 pork shanks, on the bone (450 g)
- 2 medium onions (220 g), peeled and sliced
- 5 garlic cloves (15 g), peeled and sliced
- juice of 1 lemon
- 4 cups (900 ml) of warm chicken broth
- 3 dried bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of ghee
- Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and brown the shanks until the skin has browned. Remove and set aside.
- Add the second tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan and add the onions and garlic, cooking over moderately high heat until the onions have caramelized. Deglaze the pan with the lemon juice, scraping off any pieces that have stuck.
- Transfer the shanks to a crockpot and pour in the cooked onion mixture. Add the warm chicken broth and bay leaves.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 4.5 hours.
- Remove the shanks from the crockpot and place onto a roasting tray. Preheat the oven to maximum.
- Once the oven is heated, place the tray onto the bottom rack and cook until the skin crisps and puffs up. Remove and allow to rest before serving.
- In the meantime, make a gravy. Tip all the cooking juices and onions from the crockpot into a large pan on the stovetop. Remove the bay leaves. Add the mustard and use a hand blender to blitz well. Reduce over moderate heat until thickened, then whisk in the ghee.
- Serve the shanks with the gravy and your favorite greens.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Serving Size: 1/2 shank
- Calories: 355
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 30 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 13 g