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.
One thing is for sure. We’ve cooked more grass fed, grass finished steaks than pretty much anyone you’ve ever known. We’ve tried all the different ways of cooking them. Grilled, sous vide, etc. After years of experimenting and comparing the effort with the result, I can say that this recipe is our 100% go to recipe for steaks, and with one small addition, pork chops and Boston Butt steaks.
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
Fall has finally arrived here in North Carolina, the past few days I have been at the NC Choices Women in Meat Conference. The Conference was held at a camp over in Efland, NC. There the leaves were beginning to change slightly. I came back with many new ideas full of inspirations from the talented women I was surrounded by.
With cool mornings and crisp sunsets it is time for some heavier flavored dishes. Lamb can be a finicky creature but the shanks are a great part to start with as a beginner. They can take a bit of abuse with cooking times and still turn out melting in your mouth. Lamb Shanks are a cool weather treat when braised with Carrots & Prunes. My braising liquid will be Red Wine. The wine lifts the flavor of the lamb and the prunes add a sweetness without leaving the savory realm.
We’ve had requests for our pork chop recipe from multiple people so I’m finally sitting down and typing it up. We have some recipe goodness coming from a new author on our website, but more about that later. For now, let’s talk about our semi-famous recipe.