Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes

1 Apr
Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes

Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes

I know this beef man from Ireland, and Conor Bofin is his name. He’s the closest I know to a connoisseur of any part of the damned cow that I know, even the unusual and sketchy bits. But he can cook the most amazing meals with that lowly bovine, so I jumped on the chance to sort-of copy-cat this wonderful braise of beef shanks with some nice meaty ones from our quarter cow.

While my photos won’t do it justice — and I wasn’t about to try and plate it for a shot — I think anyone who makes this will be satisfied with the most delicious gravy and tender beef. I served mine with some Parmesan risotto, but pasta or potatoes would work fantastic too. One of my deviations from the original recipe was to reduce the mushrooms (not enough on hand) and add a couple of almost-overripe tomatoes to the braise, which added a wonderful color and flavor to the gravy. (The long braise makes your house smell dreamy, too!)

Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes
Adapted from Daub of Beef from One Man’s Meat

2 meaty beef shanks, seasoned with pepper and salt
1 tablespoon high-heat oil (I used grapeseed)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Half of a very large onion, chunked up
4 ounces whole white mushrooms, quartered
2 medium ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
Half head of garlic, peeled and sliced thick
2 1/2 cups homemade or high-quality beef stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup good red wine (I used an Oregon Pinot Noir)
2 bay leaves
Handful of thyme sprigs
Black pepper and salt, to taste

Beef Shank Ingredients

Beef Shank Ingredients (Mostly)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season the beef shanks with pepper and salt, then score the membrane in several places on the sides. Heat a Dutch oven to medium high heat and add the oil, then sear the beef until very browned on all sides. Remove and set aside to a plate.

Browned Beef Shanks

Browned Beef Shanks

Add the butter, then toss in the onions and mushrooms. Reduce heat a bit. Cook and stir until the mushrooms have browned and onions are softened.

Veggie Madness

Veggie Madness (I like to dose my dishes with pepper at random moments)

Top with the tomatoes and garlic, then pour in the beef stock. Grind more pepper over if your feeling it. Stir in the tomato paste until combined. Now pour in the red wine and bring up a a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Nestle the beef shanks into the liquid, then add in the bay leaves and thyme.

Braise Ready for Oven

Braise Ready for Oven ~ Time to read a book now. I did. Really.

Cover and cook in the oven for 4 to 5 hours, until beef is fall-apart tender. Remove the beef to a plate, then remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and gently stir gravy to combine. Taste for additional seasonings and add, if needed. Serve each shank with risotto, pasta, or potatoes, topping the shanks with a generous amount of gravy and veggies.

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58 Responses to “Braised Beef Shanks with Tomatoes”

  1. Juliette Kings April 1, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Reblogged this on West Coast Review and commented:
    This is beautiful. This is what is for dinner this weekend. Wow.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Henrietta Watson April 1, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

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  3. Teagan Geneviene April 1, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Applesauce! Kathryn, you’ve succeeded with another mouthwatering post. Maybe there should be a warning and a dehydration remedy… I have a Homer Simpson drool attack every time I come here. 😉 Beautiful recipe. Mega hugs!

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  4. StefanGourmet April 1, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I think our Irish friend will be pleased.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. robbiesinspiration April 1, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    This looks completely delightful.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser April 1, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Yay KR- Yay Conor-a winner! xoxo ccc

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Bernadette April 1, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    YUM, I think I will try it in my slow cooker.

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  8. noelleg44 April 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Delish! Would cook well in a slow cooker – I move recipes back and forth, adapting to over from slow cooker and vice-versa

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  9. Michelle Williams April 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Wow! This looks incredible! I’ve never cooked beef shank but always like raising recipes.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Lynz Real Cooking April 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    This looks amazing! Oh my I can smell it KR! Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Karina Pinella April 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow, this looks so good.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. apuginthekitchen April 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    Fall off the bone tender and delicious, I love this!!!

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  13. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso April 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    Mouthwatering dish! 🙂


  14. goatsandgreens April 2, 2017 at 6:16 am #

    Nice! I love beef shanks! So tender when braised!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. chefkreso April 2, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Looks amazing! What a delicious recipe!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Tracey O'Brien April 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    I absolutely love slow cooking and now that we’re coming into winter in New Zealand this is exactly the sort of thing I’ll feel like cooking. Great recipe.

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  17. April 3, 2017 at 5:30 am #

    I’ve never cooked with beef shanks before but any recipe with a delicious gravy has to be good.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Gerlinde April 3, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    I love braised meat and your beef shanks look delicious.

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  19. D. Wallace Peach April 3, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    I’m going to make this today, Kathryn. I have lamb instead of beef, but I think it will work. It has to be slow cooked so this recipe is perfect. I love the big chunks of onion, mushroom, and garlic. Now I’m hungry!

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  20. Freda @ Aromatic essence April 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    Looks so hearty and delicious! Lovely recipe 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Lana_SHON April 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Marisa's Italian Kitchen April 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    I don’t cook beef very often but this is definitely a winner recipe in my book😊❤

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Abby Strangward April 7, 2017 at 1:02 am #

    Ahh, yum. Making me so hungry!!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. FrugalHausfrau April 9, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    How did I miss this post! ! want it right now! Amazing! I

    Liked by 1 person

  25. PantryPortfolio April 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Yum! Parmesan Risotto – do you have a recipe for that?!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Fun Fun Cook April 23, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    So delicious! I love braised beef shank very much.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Sunshine May 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Yum!!!! Amazing. I have to try this.

    If you have time,check out my blog @ GoodFood1blog.Word Press.Com. Like and Follow me!!😊😊😊😀

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