Beef Shin & Shiitake Mushroom Gnocchi Recipe
Food fundi Andy Fenner combined this delicious recipe with the award-winning Zonnebloem Laureat 2010 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend. 'This recipe works beautifully on quite a few things once the meat and sauce have been made,' says Fenner. 'Gnocchi is one example, but feel free to use wet polenta or pasta. Store-bought gnocchi is fine if you can get hold of some from a good deli.' Ingredients: 1 pack high-quality gnocchi 700g beef shin (bone-in) One large carrot, roughly chopped and equal parts onion and celery, also roughly chopped Four whole sprigs fresh thyme One whole sprig rosemary One 410g tin tomatoes 250ml Zonnebloem Laureat 2010 100g fresh shiitake mushrooms, scrubbed and left whole Pinch of flour Parsley and pecorino, to serve Directions Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Dust the meat in flour, shaking off any excess. Add oil to a deep, ovenproof pot and fry the meat on the stovetop for a few minutes (until the meat has a bit of colour. Remove the meat and set aside. In the same pot, fry off your carrots, onion and celery until soft, but not coloured. Add the herbs, the tinned tomatoes and the wine. Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and return the meat to the pot. (Add some water if you need more liquid.) Cover the pot and place in the oven for at least two hours. You can cook this for longer at a reduced temperature, or you can even cook it through the night. Remove the pot from the oven, add mushrooms and cook on gentle heat, uncovered, so that the sauce reduces by about half. It should be thick and sticky. Using tongs, carefully lift and remove meat from sauce. By now the meat should easily fall away from the bone. Allow to cool and shred the meat from the bone before returning it (and any delicious marrow) back to the sauce. Cook the gnocchi as per packet instructions. Drain and add to the sauce. Stir gently to ensure the gnocchi is nicely coated by the sauce. Be careful though, so they don't break apart. Spoon into bowls and garnish with grated pecorino and roughly torn parsley. For more information about the Zonnebloem Laureat 2010 vintage, visit zonnebloem.co.za.