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Slow cooked soft beef shin with root vegetables and ale

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slow cooked soft beef shin with root vegetables and ale

Entertaining in a regular group makes it so  much easier for the host or hostess.  It really takes the load off. Last Saturday night was exactly one of these occasions.  We had two couples over, the one crowd brought all the lovely fancy cheeses, mediterranean dips and crackers to enjoy with pre dinner drinks. The other couple brought the apple crumble and cream for dessert. I was happy to serve the main course.  This soft beef shin dish was a hit!

Slow cooked soft beef shin with root vegetables and ale

Please note that I used dried herbs but fresh is just as good if not better!  The volume of the beer might sound like a lot, but after six hours of cooking it will soften and blend with the herbs, meat and veggies.  The soft beef shin does well with a long period of cooking and is really fantastic comfort food.

Slow cooked soft beef shin with root vegetables and ale ingredients:

  • 1.5kg (52.9) soft beef shin cut into bite size cubes
  • 2 medium size onions finely chopped.
  • 1 quart bottle - 660 ml - 22.3 oz - premium lager
  • 3 parsnips peeled and diced
  • 3 turnips peeled and diced
  • 3 large carrots peeled and diced.
  • 3 tsp thyme
  • 3 tsp coriander
  • 3 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 rich oxtail stock cubes
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour (mix with a little cold water to make a thin paste or "roux")
  • 2 pinches salt.
  • 2 pinches black pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun spice.
  • 500ml ~ 16.9oz ~  boiled water
  • Generous glug of olive oil.

Slow cooked soft beef shin with root vegetables and ale instructions:

1.  Pour the tablespoon of olive oil into a hot pan, pot or wok of your choice.
2.  Seal off the onions and beef cubes with the Cajun spice, until well coated and brown in colour.
3.  Place into slow cooker with remaining ingredients and stir well.
4.  Cook on high for 6 hours, giving it a stir periodically.
5.  If gravy is not thick enough add a little more corn flour.
6.  Your gravy should now be thick and delicious, and all the flavours should be well enfused.
7.  Serve and enjoy with veggies of your choice.
8.  Omit the Basmati rice if preferred.
9.  A good sub for the rice is cauliflower mash with chives or cauliflower rice with lime and coriander.
If you make this soft beef shin stew, please let me know what the final result was like.  As always I love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and feedback :)