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Middle Eastern Style Beef Shank Stew

A delicious, tender stew made with individual beef shank portions cooked in the oven, on the hob or in a slow cooker.  Flavours include authentic Middle Eastern ingredients such as cumin, Morrocan spices, chick peas and freshly chopped mint.

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 3 hours
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 x 150g beef shank portions 
  • 30ml/2tbsp plain flour
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 15ml/1tbsp ground cumin
  • 30ml/2tbsp Moroccan spices, e.g. Ras El Hanout (available in the spice aisle at larger supermarkets)
  • 45ml/3tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
  • 600ml/1pint good, hot beef stock
  • 1 x 400g can chick peas, drained
  • To Garnish:
  • 30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped mint

Method:

  1. Place the flour in a large, clean, plastic food bag, season and add the cumin and Moroccan spices.  Gently toss the beef in the seasoned flour to coat.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.
  3. Heat 30ml/2tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the beef all over.  Transfer to a 1.7L/3pint flame/heatproof casserole dish.
  4. In the same frying pan heat the remaining oil and cook the onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes then transfer to the casserole dish.
  5. Add the stock, transfer the oven and cook for 2½ -3 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  6. 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time add the chick peas and return to the oven for the remaining cooking time.
  7. Remove the elasticated meat bands from the meat, garnish the stew with the mint and serve with steamed couscous, rice or mash.



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