November 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
I went to market on Friday, 11/19, to check on my order for Thanksgiving and found that Ryan had some really nice beef shank. About 2 inches thick and weighing about 1 1/2 pounds each. I picked up two of them for some beef in gravy over mashers. I started them on Saturday since they do take a while to cook and really do taste better the second day.
I cut the membrane that goes around them since it shrinks while cooking and squeezes the meat too much, then browned them in a skillet. I put 2 cups each of diced celery, carrots and onions in the bottom of the crock pot and put the browned shanks on top. Then I added two sprigs of rosemary, some snipped parsley, a couple of bay leaves and about a dozen whole pepper corns along with one cup of beef stock and cooked it on low for about 8 hours until tender.
I removed the shanks to cool. Then strained the juice so I could put it in the refrigerator so the grease would harden on top. Once the shanks were cool enough to handle, I picked over the meat to remove the fat and cartilage and made sure the pieces were all about the same size, then put them in the refrigerator until Sunday.
Sunday I took the grease off the top of the gravy, put it in a pan and brought it to a simmer. I them added the beef to heat everything together. I did thicken it a little with some cornstarch and water.
I made, or I guess I should say tried to make, some buttermilk mashed potatoes. I baked the potatoes and then riced them. Then added some hot buttermilk in which I have melted some butter. They turned out grainy and a tad runny. Not my best effort.
At least the beef was good.
Now on to Thanksgiving.