This is one of my mother’s staple recipes and with only a few tweaks and it became Paleo beef shanks! When I was growing up I remember eating it often, mostly in the Fall and Winter. It is in fact a hearty dish, one to warm the heart in rainy gloomy nights.
In my version here I stick close to the original, the only modification was to omit the flour for dusting the meat before sauteing, which would be the original taste of Italy! Otherwise I kept these Paleo beef shanks quite close to the taste of home.
Ossobuco is also a great way to cook your meat on the bone, releasing the healthy gelatin and minerals during the long, slow simmer. The marrow itself is like a precious pearl in its oyster. Full of revitalizing minerals ad healthy fats, I loved to eat it sprinkled with sea salt on a piece of crusty bread. Well, it is just as delicious without the bread, ad it is still my favorite part of this dish.
- 2 grass fed and finished beef shanks (about 2" thick)
- ½ cup chopped organic onion
- 1 cup of chopped organic celery
- 1 cup chopped organic carrots
- a handful of dried porcini mushrooms
- ¼ cup red wine
- 2 cups home made beef bone broth
- 1 bay leaf
- lard or tallow or ghee
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Put the dried porcini mushrooms in a small bowl with about 2 cups of hot water ad let soften.
- In a large skillet melt the fat and saute' the shanks on a high flame until browned on both sides.
- In the meantime, in a cast iron or heavy pot sweat the onions, carrots and celery with 2 tablespoons of fat, on a low flame.
- When the vegetables are softened add the shanks, raise the flame and add the red wine.
- Saute' on high flame until all the wine has evaporated.
- Now add the porcini, with their soaking water. (you can filter it through a cheesecloth if you fear there might be sand in the mushrooms)
- Add the broth, salt and pepper.
- Now cook on a very low flame for at least two hours, or until the meat is very tender and breaks with a fork.
- Serve immediately with plenty of its broth and veggies.
Beautiful presentation and instruction. Thank you, I’ll give it a try.
I loved how easy and delicious this recipe was and can’t wait to make it again! Thanks Vivica!
YAY Jeannie!Thank you, you did a great job!!
Can you tell me what a “finished beef shank” is? I’d love to make this but I have no idea what that is!
They are “grass fed and finished shanks” meaning the cows ate nothing but grass until they were processed! If you can not find grass fed beef where you live (the best meat comes straight from the farmer) you can buy organic instead.
Got it — thanks!