Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
While shopping, I discovered a big sale on boneless beef shank and bought a few pounds on a whim. Who can resist a sale? Not me; some people buy shoes; I buy groceries, what can I say. I have no experience preparing this cut of meat. As I was handeling this beef in preparation for packaging, I could tell that it was a very tough cut of beef. I knew this was going to be a challenge for me. I went in search of a recipes using it and came across this one on Yahoo.com It is a Wolfgang Puck recipe, and sounds delish. I've copied the recipe exactly as written, including the cooking time of 1-1/2 hours. I believe the cooking time will be considerably longer if it is to become tender. The preparation time I've entered is a "guesstimation" because, as I've said, I've not made this yet. If anybody prepares it before I get to it, please provide cooking details in the review process. I can't wait to test my cooking skills on this.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon caraway seed, toasted and ground
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon hot paprika
- 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 1⁄2 lbs beef shank, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onions and sugar until caramelized.
- Add the garlic and caraway seed. Cook another minute.
- Add the sweet and sharp paprika, marjoram, thyme and bay leaf.
- Saute another minute, until fragrant.
- Add the tomato paste.
- Deglaze pan with the vinegar and the stock and add the pieces of beef shank, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until very tender, about 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.