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.
Veal Shanks with Mushrooms, Slow Cooker
Total time: 7 hours
- 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.
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
complainfind 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…..