• 4 veal shanks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vermouth
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bulbs of garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 onion minced

everyone deserves date night, especially parents.

like many of you we have little ones. my husband and i make every effort to eat dinner together every night. sometimes we watch tv while we eat, sometimes we talk while we watch tv. once in a while, we turn everything off, throw together something special, light some candles and enjoy each others company. whether its discussing something we saw on the news, work, or sometimes family matters (you can’t help it), we try to stick to us. we daydream and think of future vacations and sometimes how we want to decorate a room of the house (that’s more me however).

now imagine quickly putting together a stress free meal in the morning that you and your partner can enjoy after you put the kids to bed…sounds perfect right?

exactly why i love the crock pot. it’s a treasure, it’s my friend, it’s saves my day (don’t forget time, it saves a lot of time) and it makes date night even easier to put together.

braised veal shanks with garlic

  1. to a bowl add 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper. wash and dry your veal. coat in flour mixture. in a saucepan or skillet, brown your veal shanks in about 2 tbl olive oil. when browned add to crock pot.
  2. in same skillet, add onion and garlic, mix cook for 1 minute. add tomato paste and vermouth, scrape up all those yummy brown bits. bring to a boil and then add stock, thyme and bay leaf. cook for about a minute. empty empty skillet into crock pot on top of veal.
  1. cook on low for 7-8 hours or until veal is soft.

serve over pasta or with rice. Don’t forget a huge hunk of bread because that sauce that has been simmering with all that garlic all day and it is to die for.

hope you enjoyed crock pot week. i almost forgot, this weekend is new years! happy new year to you all, have a safe and good one.



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