Mouth-Watering Braised Shank Recipe


Shanks are a versatile cut. They are comprised of meat from the lower leg. The shank is flavorful but is also a tougher cut of meat. For this reason, they are best prepared in a slow cooker that will allow you to cook your shank for hours to tenderise your meat to bring out its amazing potential.

Finding a recipe to cook this wonderful cut is very easy. Cookbooks are full of shank recipes and every neighbour seems to have their own favourite recipe. Each and every recipe you find is full of flavour and texture, bringing you perfectly cooked shank to grace your table any night of the week.

However, one recipe stands out above the others. This recipe provides a mouth-watering taste sensation that will impress even the toughest critic within your family.

This hearty recipe calls for braising. For our novice cooks, braising simply means to fry your meat until browned before you stew it slowly in a covered dish, or slow cooker, with an amount of liquid. It is like a stew but needs less liquid and requires a longer cooking time. This method combines both dry and moist heat to cook the meat leaving it tender and full of flavour!

This method is also a cook's secret to perfectly prepare even the toughest cut of meat to make a meal that tastes like pure heaven. In this recipe, we are braising to create a fabulous shank!

To cook this perfectly braised shank follow this flopproof recipe.

SHANK RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 shanks bone-in
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup peeled tomatoes (fresh not canned),
    make sure that they are seeded and chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup red wine

COOKING EQUIPMENTS REQUIRED

  • frying pan
  • slow cooker
  • blender

COOKING DIRECTIONS:

  1. To start, season your shanks with salt and pepper then sauté your meat with some oil in a large pan over medium heat. Do not use olive oil as it does not perform well when heated. A good cooking oil is best.
  2. Brown your shanks on both sides but do not cool them through. Just getting them a good and beautiful brown is needed. To achieve this, five minutes on both sides is fine.
  3. Once browned, put your meat into your slow-cooker.
  4. After you add your meat, add the onion, celery, garlic, carrots and tomatoes to the slow-cooker. Next, add the tomato paste and thyme.
  5. Moving back to your sauté pan, pour your red wine into the drippings and simmer this over a medium heat. Stir and scrape your pan as it simmers to get all the wonderful meat bits off the pan and into your wine. Once it is simmered, pour this mixture over your meat and vegetables in your slow-cooker.
  6. Set the temperature on high then cover.
  7. Cook for 6 hours.
  8. Once cooked, dish out your shank and set aside.
  9. You can then pour the remaining liquid and vegetable chunks
    into a blender and liquefy to produce a rich sauce to pour over the top
    over your beautiful meat dish.

Serve your meat with mashed or baked potatoes and a salad for a fantastic meal full or flavour and texture!


Shank is beautiful fixed in soups, stews and casseroles. It is an inexpensive cut and is perfect for a weekend meal. This dish is also wonderful to prepare and have ready after a long day at work or play. Braised shank is a family pleaser and is perfect to fix for any occasion. Cook it tomorrow and enjoy!