Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 45 mins
- 2 pounds bone-in beef shank
- 2 large sprigs thyme
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 large onion, unpeeled
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1 inch thick
- 3/4pound green cabbage, shredded
- 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/4cup dijon mustard, for serving
- 12 cornichons, for serving
- In a 12-qt. pot, bring 4 qt. water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and thyme; season with 2 tsp. salt. Stick the cloves into the onion and add to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer, skimming, until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
- Transfer the beef to a large bowl; discard the onion. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof bowl and strain the cooking liquid. Return the liquid to the pot. Add the carrots, cabbage and turnip, cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
- When the beef is cool enough to handle, shred into pieces, discarding the bone and nay large chunks of fat. Return to the pot and heat through. Spoon the beef and vegetables into large, shallow bowls, ladle a little of the broth over them and server. pass the mustard and cornichons, plus more salt and pepper, for garnishing.
- An extra buck will buy you ... leafy greens. Wilt 2 handfuls chopped baby spinach into the stew 5 minutes before serving.
- Try swapping in potatoes for turnips, parsnips for carrots, or purple cabbage for green.