Cool. What type and How large a hunk of meat are you braising first for three-four hours? Oh, maybe you're talking about those four big shanks in the vid you posted. How come I can never find big, lovely beef shanks like that? Thanks for the reply.
Yeah. Something about that, may be more. It really depends on the guests. I'm not a millimeter cook.
Originally Posted by bikehunter
The cuts, well, that something you need to talk with your butcher.
There's a theory behind this grandma tip, but I've no patience enough to search it. I know it works.
Just let a stew rest (in the fridge of course) for a day and tell me.
Well, I think that stew (or spaghetti, chili or...whatever) is different. Lots of things get better the next day. So, you think this resting/double braising thing is related to leftovers which are better the next day?
I do a Mexican version of braised shanks with mirepoix, the canned fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, Mexican oregano and a splash of tequila. They're very very good and tender after 5 hours of braising at 300 F.
Or you could try getting your butcher to cut them into osso bucco kinda cuts and do beef osso bucco.
I decided to forego tomatoes...
salted them well, the dipped in flour and fried on high heat for 3-4 min on each side...
Pan stuff consits of carrots/onions, bay leafs, peppercorns, thyme and redwine and water 2/3rd to 1/2rd ratio
covered and cooked for 3hours and turned half way
here is how it looks before going in