Another Damn Fine Piece of Slow Cooked Beef Shin

slow roasted beef shin, dexter beef, northern rivers food nsw Boutique was once a word reserved for a place where a proper lady or the merrier of young gentlemen may be able to purchase perfume or a fashionable new handbag. Now, in these modern times we live in, boutique has become a word to describe the ever-growing number of small producers of meat, cheese, beer and things of the sort, and in equal capacity, also small hotels and guesthouses. In the Northern Rivers of New South Wales we are lucky enough to have many “boutique” producers of everything from meat to cheese to fruit and vegetables to bread to, well, even handbags for the more mature amongst us who are not embracing the current trends and require something a little more old school from the word. To get hold of a nice piece of pig or cow one need not look any further then the local farmer’s market or farm shop. Sunforest Organic Pork, Hayters Hill Beef or Cromwell Farms are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg or, if I may be so bold, the tip of the iceberg lettuce… or the cows teat… or the hipsters top knot… Whatever. Cromwell Farms, producers of old breed pork and Dexter beef, was the boutique purveyor of meats where this tasty tasty beef shin was acquired. Greg and Alison at Cromwell Farms hold regular pop-up farm shops where you can go and sample some of the produce being cooked by a local chef (yeah. It’s been me once or twice ☺) and purchase whatever it is you need to fill your home fridge and/or freezer. If per chance you do ever end up at a Cromwell Farms pop-up pork sale (maybe you wandered a little too far off the track after leaving the night club at 5am) do not, I repeat do not, leave with out a bag of bacon in your possession. Old breed pork smoked properly by Pat at the Clunes Butcher, it is amazeballs… and I don’t use that word lightly as I feel it makes me sound a little prattish. Back to the beef shin. I have said before that the secondary cuts of meat are my favourites and the beef shin certainly falls into this category. I have most definitely mentioned these cuts are a little easier on your back pocket. I have told you that if you give them a bit of love and some long and low cooking they pay you back ten fold in the flavour department. I can not force you to do anything but if I could by crikey it would be to go out and get a less favoured cut of meat, give it the love it deserves and see if that doesn’t change the way you think… but… well, I can’t fix stupid can I? Anyway, that story was nothing more than a premise as to where this beef shin came from on this one day… and I guess a little homage to the people who work so damn hard to make this available for the consumer or more importantly; just me. Also, worthy of note is this was a little almost cooking lesson with fellow bloggergeist and friend, Sam of Loving Lismore. We spent the afternoon cooking, sharing stories of strange carnie folk and one eyed goat herders and taking rightful care of the odd glass of three year old grape juice. Magic. Yep. Well done.

That piece of meat seasoned up and ready to hit the pan
That piece of meat seasoned up and ready to hit the pan
Sammy chops the onions
Sammy chops the onions
About to head into the oven
About to head into the oven
The beans go in and it can have another hour in the heat
The beans go in and it can have another hour in the heat

SLOW COOKED BEEF SHIN with CANNELLINI BEANS, TOMATO, GARLIC and HERBS (serves 6) 1 whole beef shin, 1kg ish 10 baby onions or eshallots (or 2 larger onions), peeled and quartered length ways 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 punnets cherry or grape tomatoes, or a 400g tin of diced tomatoes will do the trick 2 400g tins cannellini beans 2 cups red wine 1 boquette garni of 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig rosemary and a few sprigs thyme A splash of olive oil Seasoning Salsa verde, crusty bread and a side or two to serve • Season the bejezuz out of that lump of meat. Rub it down with the massage, er, olive oil while you’re at it • Brown meat in an oven proof dish (or in a pan and then transfer to an over proof dish for baking) on the stove top • Once meat has some decent colour on it add onions and garlic and an extra splash of oil if it needs some lubricant, sauté until soft and fragrant • Deglaze with wine and add tomatoes and herbs. Cover and transfer to 170-180C oven for 3 hours or until meat is falling from grace… er, the bone… Covering the dish helps it steam a little from the inside, which in turn helps with the cooking process • Roll the meat over 1 hour into cooking, and then back one hour later. After the second turn it’s time to add the cannellini beans • When the meat is ready you will be able to push it from the bone with a spoon. If it is not ready after 3 hours put it back in for another halfa. Be patient. Do not eat it yet as it’s toughness will dishearten you and you will quite possibly end up naked in the foetal position in the corner of your bathroom… again • Pull the beef from the bone with tongs (or your bare hands if today is the day you make the world your bitch) and serve with salsa verde and your favourite sides. We had sweet potato mash and sautéed fennel, leek, cabbage and sauerkraut with a heap of butter because that’s what Sammy wanted • This is definitely one of those meals that needs to be washed down with a heap of red… a heap of red

You do not need a knife if you have cooked it properly
You do not need a knife if you have cooked it properly

41 responses to “Another Damn Fine Piece of Slow Cooked Beef Shin”

  1. God but I love the way you write.
    Cracking up @ “(or your bare hands if today is the day you make the world your bitch)”
    Well done friend, fucking amazing.

  2. Got to love these boutique enterprises popping up. Boutique party planners are my favorite! 🙂 There you go again with your salsa verde! Love that stuff. I have to say I’ve never laid eyes on a beef shin at the market before…beef tails yes, but where are the shins? Looks amazing.

    • Find one, ask some one, steal if you need to. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
      And yes, with the amount of herbs we have been pulling from the garden at the mo’ salsa verde is my best friend 🙂

  3. Although I can see the benefits – and the results, my friend, are stunning! – but I’ll never get used to that term. ‘Boutique’ farming makes me think of little chocolates placed on hay, rose petals strewn over the poo-soaked yard and complimentary frilly dressing gown for the dairy herd. Disturbing stuff.

  4. A beautiful homage here Mr Food. This kind of totes amazeballs food would make anyone fall from grace. I want beef shin, when do I want it? Now!

  5. Excellent pork shin! Also, why is it that everyone who sells awesome pork is named, “Pat.” Seriously, we have two guys here who each sell pork and both are named Pat.

  6. I have never once looked through your blog and not liked what I was seeing. In fact, every single time I think, “it’s like he knows what my inner child needs to eat.” ha

    Just last night as I was grilling a marinated flank steak (which I guess have become popular because I paid $28 for a grass fed one,when they used to be dirt cheap), I told my husband that I thought I would die without red meat. Literally. Die. It’s amazing to me that people don’t eat meat. I’ve never eaten beef shin but this looks amazing, as does everything you make. Do you save the roasted bones for bone broth?

    A beautiful meal as always! ~ April

      • think the Amish life style would be fun. At least they help each other and I’ve always thought they, the Menonites and the Mormons would be the only ones left standing after the imlOnsion.poe thing I would have a problem with… not using deodorant. Went to the Mississippi Museum in Dubuque last summer and there was a cute little Menonite family there. It was hard to stand next to them without holding your breath.

  7. That looks amazing. We do have an actual butcher shop nearby so I will have to see if I can get this. I too love the less revered cuts of meat. Sadly, many here have figured out how much better they are as well and the grocers have raised prices a bit. Boo!

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