Oh beef shank how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Beef Shank is one of the most versatile roasting cuts of meat we have in the store. Sold in pack of 2 it is great for just 2 people. Packs range from 1-2 lbs due to the increasing size as the butcher works their way up the leg. At $8.49 per lb it is a pretty good deal for small households. In fact I really can’t tell you the last time I made a huge chuck roast. 1-2 packs gives my family of 3 plenty to eat with leftovers for another meal.
Rich in flavor, lightly marbled, & plenty of connective shank must be cooked for a long time. Don’t let it scare you off though. It is the perfect piece to throw in to the crock pot or dutch oven then come home to at night. In fact I’m going to recommend that you use the crockpot on low for this one for 6-7 hours. I used my dutch oven for 4 hours then complained that dinner wasn’t ready yet. Jeanette made fun of me deservedly so. It came out perfectly done 2 hours later. Tonight my family will enjoy it for dinner, meats dishes always taste better the 2nd day anyways.
She keeps me oh so humble.
I have embraced the crock pot. Many of you have spoken and the crock pot is the best way for dinner to make it to the table every night. Not eating out is the goal, right? It certainly is more me. As of today, in the past 5 nights we have had to eat dinner out 4 nights. My stomach is not pleased. Vowing to not have this happen again I pulled out my old friend Renee’s Crock Pot Italian Chicken.
Shredding the chicken is easy. Place the breast only in you mixer with the paddle attachment once cooked. Turn on low. This will shred your chicken. Once shredded add your liquids back to the meat. Do not walk away as your mixer works. That is a quick way to end up with powdered chicken.
To serve alongside this I typically throw in peas or broccoli at the end of the cooking process. Green Beans or just about any other veggie other than lettuce would work well. Cabbage would probably be a great way to mix it up. I think I’ll need to try that soon. We traditionally serve this over rice or pasta.
Christy over at Brittany Ridge grows the best tasting Chicken on the market in my humble opinion. Her birds get plenty of grass and a great omnivore diet from her free range methods. The one thing I notice when I open a package of her meat is there is no smell. Grocery store chicken has always smelled awful to me. Smells tend to tell the quality in my book. The other clue. The fat color, yellow is the golden key in pastured meats and Christy’s birds have it. When I used to buy organic chicken in bulk I noticed the fat went from yellow to then gray. Fat should not be gray, eww just NO!
In the NCF store Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast runs $12 per lb. A whole Cut Up Chicken is $6.50 per lb and a Whole Chicken is $4.50 per lb. My recommendation is to buy the Whole and just double this recipe. Then you will get several meals for your hard earned $$.
Other than a hurricane, September has been lovely. Warm days, cool nights just as fall should be. Minus that whole hurricane part. The cool weather has me wanting to serve stew on a nightly basis. My family though is not willing to eat stew nightly. Beef Osso Bucco to the rescue.
A few weeks ago I bought a Crock Pot (I still haven’t recovered from the shame). This was the first meal other than bone broth I decided to cook. Homeschool classes are in full swing and somehow I let SWMBO talk me into adding on an extra Math class. 7 Classes ya’ll what was I thinking. If Rutabaga doesn’t revolt, my self preservation might.
This act of over scheduling now has me using the Crock Pot. I must admit coming home after work the other day to a house full of good meals was pretty awesome. Dinner was served with 10 minutes. The texture of the meat was good so I can’t complain and I may start using the beast more often.
Beef Osso Bucco is a savory dish with a silky texture that cooking . Osso Bucco is a fatty cut of the shanks. The tendons and fat break down giving us that beautiful texture. It is perfect to serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
One of the recent additions to the NCF Store is also been featured in dish Balsamic Vinegar. SMBO picked Vom Fass as our source for Balsamic Vinegar. While it is not locally made it is a local franchise in Cary. The flavor is brilliant and consistent brightening many a dish up with its flavor. Once you buy the bottle you can bring your bottle back to us for refills. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle