Veal Shanks with Mushrooms, Slow Cooker

I use tapioca in the slow cooker to thicken sauces…. Because it’s easy.

I add regular tapioca at the beginning, and if the sauce needs more at the end, I add instant tapioca.

It never occurred to me that tapioca could be used as a thickening agent until I moved to France. It’s very popular here.

If you prefer you can add maizena / cornstarch stirred into a bit of water about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve.

Both work well.

I was planning on making beef / veal tips with mushrooms but I saw the veal shanks in the market. I don’t often see them.

Actually, if I want to make Osso Buco I never see them.

But there they were, looking beautiful…. and I had just made Osso Buco.

Thus a recipe is born.

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Veal Shanks with Mushrooms, Slow Cooker

This is one of the rare time that I brown the meat and veggies before adding to the slow cooker. In this case it’s worth the extra step.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef & Veal
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 3 veal shanks
  • 8 small shallots, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4oz (250gr) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 tbs tapioca
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry sherry
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • optional – if needed: 2 tsp instant tapioca or 1 tbs cornstarch


  • Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet. Add veal and brown on all sides. Remove to slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle veal with tapioca.
  • Add shallots, mushrooms, celery, garlic, paprika to skillet and sauté briefly.
  • Add stock, sherry, herbs, coffee, and simmer briefly, stirring well.
  • Pour over veal.
  • Cover and cook, low heat, 6 – 7 hours.
  • Check 30 minutes before serving and if sauce needs to be thickened add 2 tsp instant tapioca or 1 tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water.
  • When ready, remove to a platter and serve.


Coffee adds a deep color and depth of flavor to this dish.
Small onions can be substituted for the shallots.

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Veal Shanks, slow cooker

In other news….

This is a WordPress blog.

I’ve been using WordPress for a long time and have been very happy with it. It’s easy to use and does what I want it to the way I want to do it.

They (WP) have been keeping the world in suspense for months about the new editor: Gutenberg.

It’s supposed to be wonderful and make blog writer’s lives sooooo much easier.

I tried it today.

Thankfully there is also the equivalent of a ‘go back’ switch.

It may be wonderful for people who just type words and insert photos amongst their words, but I do recipes.

My recipes are done in HTML / rich snippets so I can keep Google happy and so that people searching for stuff can find them.

I have an HTML template, that I designed / wrote that I use for my recipes.

When I pasted my template (as I always do) into the new Gutenberg editor it completely changed the HTML and instead of 20 lines of code there were about 100 lines of code.

I hit the ‘go back to the old editor’ button.

I will now

  • Figure out how to use Gutenberg with my blog.
  • Find out if the old editor is being discontinued so I have to use Gutenberg.
  • Find a forum to complain find helpful information.

In the meantime, if you notice my blog behaving strangely please let me now. Today, at one point, when I looked at it there were red squares everywhere…..

2 thoughts on “Veal Shanks with Mushrooms, Slow Cooker”

  1. This looks delicious!!

    I will never understand the need to fix what isn’t broken. Never. And the problem you’ll face now, I think, is since you wrote the template yourself, unless you’re a strong coder, you’ll probably have to rewrite the whole thing or have a coder make the necessary adjustments. Which sucks…

    • I’m not reading very positive reviews on it so far – mostly a ‘wait & see’ and don’t use it yet, wait for them to get the bugs out. I’ll do that! I can wait…. as long as possible. I’ll do some research when I’m, in the mood lol

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