Meltingly tender braised beef shin with sweet baked shallots, buttery mashed potato and a rich port jus.
A great weekend supper – the beef can be prepared in the morning and left to cook long and slow until ready to serve.
Serve with some pan-fried kale.
Ox Shin, Baked Shallot
For the Beef: 4 Beef Shin Portions (Fully Trimmed), 1tbsp Olive Oil, 2 Garlic Cloves, 1 Rosemary Sprig, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, 800ml Beef Stock.
For the Jus: Reserved Beef Stock, 1tbsp Olive Oil, 125ml Port, 3tbsp Unsalted Butter (Cubed), 1 Shallot (Finely Chopped), 1 Celery Stalk (Finely Chopped), 1 Thyme Sprig, 1 Tomato (Chopped), 1tsp Redcurrant Jelly, Sea Salt
For the Mashed Potato: 500g Maris Piper Potatoes (Peeled and Chopped), 200g Unsalted Butter, Sea Salt, Freshly Grated Nutmeg, Cracked Black Pepper
For the Shallots: 4 Banana Shallots, 1tbsp Unsalted Butter, Sea Salt
1) Pre-heat the oven to 130c. Place a casserole dish over a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Season the shin portions with sea salt and black pepper. Brown the meat for 3 minutes each side. Add the garlic, rosemary and stock to the pot and bring to the boil. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Cook for around 6 hours or until the meat is tender without falling apart (possibly longer).
2) Meanwhile, prepare the shallots by peeling and slicing in half vertically. Place on a lined baking tray and add a dot of butter on top of each shallot and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in the same oven as the beef for around 1 hour or until golden brown and tender. Set aside.
3) Meanwhile, make the mash. Boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water until tender. Strain and pass the potatoes through a potato ricer into a clean pan. Place the pan over a low heat and slowly add the butter whilst mixing to combine until all the butter has fully melted. Continue to beat until the mash is silky smooth. Season to taste with sea salt, cracked black pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Keep warm.
4) When the beef is cooked, remove from the stock (set the stock to one side) and keep the beef warm in a low oven (covered). Place a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and sauté the shallot and celery for 5 minutes until soft. Add the port and reduce by half. Add the reserved beef stock to the pan with the tomato, thyme and redcurrant jelly and reduce by 2/3 over a high heat. When reduced, whisk in the unsalted butter piece by piece to thicken and enrich the sauce and season to taste with sea salt.
5) Serve the braised shin with a spoonful of mashed potato, the baked shallots and a good amount of jus.