Yesterday I invited my friend/colleague/neighbor Caitlin (Grass-Fed Girl) over for dinner to enjoy some grass-fed beef shanks I snagged from Marin Sun Farms at the farmer's market over the weekend. These bad boys looked SO good with their meaty shape and their big marrow bone sections, I just couldn't pass them up. Plus, at around $5-6 a pop (I think they were in the 7-8oz range raw), they're pretty economical as well. We ate them paired with some kale sautéed in coconut oil, gluten-free mustard mixed with fresh horseradish (I used Bubbie's brand) and some Farmhouse Kraut.
Crockpot Braised Beef Shanks
Yield: Approximately 3 servings.
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2 large grass-fed beef shanks (the ones I used were around 7-8oz each raw)
4 large cloves of garlic, smashed
a splash of red wine (or you can try balsamic or apple cider vinegar if you don't want to use or don't have red wine)
1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Sea salt (I like Redmond Real Salt) to taste
cracked black pepper to taste
Homemade broth to cover the meat around 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up (roughly 1-3 cups depending on how much you fill your crockpot. I used chicken stock and it was still very cold so there are some chunks floating in the picture to the right.)
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
2-3 cups of raw kale, rinsed & roughly chopped
1/4 Tsp onion powder (optional)
Sea salt to taste
- Place all ingredients in your crock pot on low for around 4-6 hours until the meat is tender and falls apart easily with a fork.
- When the meat is nearly done or is just keeping warm in the crockpot, place the coconut oil in to a large cast iron skillet and then cook the still-damp kale over medium heat until it's softened. It's okay to put the kale into the pan with some water on it so that the kale half steams and half sautées to cook.
Serve with gluten-free mustard mixed with horseradish and a side of raw sauerkraut to enjoy it as we did.
- You can also braise lamb shanks with this method.
- If you don't want to use wine, try using some balsamic, apple cider or red wine vinegar.
- Add different aromatic herbs to the mix before cooking for a change of pace- cinnamon can be a fantastic and surprising flavor to add.
- Add root vegetables to the pot to braise with the meat (be sure the liquid is covering everything 1/2-3/4 of the way up)