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Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms and Olives

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 20 mins Bake 325°F2 hrs to 3 hrs Cook 15 mins
Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms and Olives
Ingredients
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 4  bone-in beef shanks, about 1-1/4-inches thick (about 4 lb.)
  •  Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2  large onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 2  medium carrots, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 3  cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4  cup  dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  undrained can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1  cup  beef broth
  • 12  ounces  cremini or button mushrooms, quartered or halved
  • 1  recipe Fresh Herb Topper, recipe below
  • 3/4  cup  pitted assorted olives
  •  Hot cooked gnocchi (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add beef shanks and brown on both sides. Remove beef shanks from Dutch oven. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Add onions, carrots, and garlic to Dutch oven. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until softened. Add wine and deglaze pan by scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Add undrained tomatoes, beef broth, and beef shanks to pan. Bring to boiling.

3. Cover and bake 2 to 3 hours, or until beef is tender, adding mushrooms the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Meanwhile prepare Fresh Herb Topper.

4. Remove beef shanks to a serving platter. Strain vegetables from cooking liquid. Stir olives into vegetables and spoon over beef shanks. Skim fat from cooking liquid and drizzle over beef shanks, vegetables, and gnocchi. Sprinkle with Fresh Herb Topper. Makes 8 servings.

Fresh Herb Topper

Yield: 1/4 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shreded lemon peel
  • 3  cloves minced garlic
Directions

1. In a small bowl combine Italian parsley, lemon peel, and garlic. Makes 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (Braised Beef Shanks with Mushrooms and Olives)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 387,
  • Fat, total (g) 20,
  • chol. (mg) 66,
  • sat. fat (g) 6,
  • carb. (g) 13,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 10,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 34,
  • vit. A (IU) 2964,
  • vit. C (mg) 11,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 10,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 32,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 5,
  • sodium (mg) 666,
  • Potassium (mg) 879,
  • calcium (mg) 101,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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