3 Slow Cooked Beef Shin Recipes

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Who doesn't look forward to a steaming bowl of delicious slowly cooked meat? Maybe vegans. They however aren't invited to this party - this is a pure celebration of the joys of slow cooking, of simmering in juices for many hours for a succulent finish. To show the versatility of this dish, it can be split into three easy to make and very delicious suppers. If you can't find beef shin, substitute for any other cheap braising cut, for example tail or cheek. Yum.

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and brown the cuts of beef all over. Season them as you do so. Set aside.
  2. In a large casserole dish heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Fry the vegetables together until soft, then add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the can of tomatoes, the red wine and the beef stock. Add the beef pieces back into the pan and bring up to a simmer, then season with salt and pepper, add the bay leaves and put the lid on and cook on a really low heat for around 4 hours, stirring fairly frequently. Alternatively, place in an oven at 140°C until soft and delicious. Eat as it is, or as:

Beef Shin Pappardelle

  1. Heat the beef in a wide frying pan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and allowing any gravy to reduce.
  2. Turn down the heat and add the butter and grated parmesan, then stir in to emulsify.
  3. Add the cooked pasta and toss through the sauce, adding pasta water to loosen it, until you have a smooth emulsified sauce.
  4. Serve with grated parmesan.

Beef Shin Empanadas 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat the beef in a saucepan and add the dry ground spices. Heat through and allow the flavours to meld together for a few minutes before setting aside to cool. Season with salt to taste.
  3. In a saucepan heat the oil and stir through the flour. Cook for a few minutes then add the passata and stock, stirring thoroughly to get rid of lumps. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper.
  4. Take the beef stew and roll up spoonfuls of it in 6 tortillas along with half the cheese.
  5. Cover the base of an oven dish with the tomato sauce and place the rolled up tortillas on top.
  6. Top with more sauce, more cheese and pickled jalapenos. Bake for around 20 minutes until melty and piping hot.
  7. Serve with coriander and sour cream.

Rarebit Topped Beef Shin Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the beef in a round pie dish.
  3. Whizz together the cheese, egg yolks, mustard powder, cayenne, salt and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Top the beef with toasted bread and spread the rarebit mixture on top. Bake for 30 minutes. until molten and bubbling.
  5. Yum yum!