Friday, April 8, 2016

Braised Boar Shanks With Bitter Herb Salad + Vacqueyras Beaumirail for #winePW

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In My Glass
Founded in 1956, the vineyards of Vignerons de la Cave de Gigondas consists of nearly two hundred hectares around the nearly twenty villages of the Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). Their Vacqueyras is a GSM blend made up of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre.

The minerally notes on the tongue mixed with the spiciness elegance of red fruits on the nose made me think of meat. So I decided to pour the wine with some braised boar shanks with a bitter herb salad. It was delicious!

In the Middle of the Plate...
Quick note about sourcing: if you're lucky enough to know some boar hunters, beg, plead, buy, or steal whatever they have! If you don't know any boar hunters, I've had good luck ordering from D'Artangnan Foods. I've gotten everything from wild boar to venison and quail to foie gras from them.

Braised Boar Shanks With Bitter Herb Salad

For the Braised Boar
  • 2 T Herbes de Provençe
  • 2 bone-in boar shanks (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 C gluten-free flour
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 to 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 to 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 to 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 3 to 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 C red wine
  • 4 C stock (I used beef stock)

For the Herb Salad
  • 2 small heads endive, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 3 C loosely packed herb leaves (I used oregano, mint, rosemary, thyme, and tarragon)
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 T olive oil

For the Braised Boar
Preheat oven to 300°F. Season lamb shanks all over with salt and pepper, then dredge them in flour and press Herbes de Provençe into the flour.

Melt 2 T butter into 2 T olive oil in a large Dutch oven or roasting pan. Add shanks, browning meat on both sides, approximately 4 minutes per side. 

Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot and until vegetables are softened and starting to brown, approximately 8 minutes. Add anchovies and tomatoes. Pour in wine and stock. Bring to a simmer.

Cover and transfer shanks to oven. Braise until tender, approximately 3 to 4 hours. Any amount of time after 3 hours just makes it even more tender! Move shanks to a rimmed baking dish and place in a warm oven before serving.

Blend the vegetables and braising sauce until smooth. You can use an immersion blender or, as I do, blend in batches in a blender. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with stock. If the sauce is too thin, simmer until it's reduced to your desired thickness.

Baste shanks with sauce, coating them thoroughly.

For the Herb Salad: Just before serving, make salad by combining sliced endive, celery, and herbs in a large mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and oil and toss well. Season with salt.

Transfer warm shanks to a serving platter or plates, spooning their sauce all over. Arrange salad on top and serve right away.


  1. The closest I have come to boar shanks are smoked ham hocks but I love braised beef shanks so I know I would love this dish as well. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Based on your comment, I added a note about my sourcing. I ordered these boar shanks from D'Artagnan Foods. Linked into my post now. Enjoy!

  2. Yum! Loving the sound of these boar shanks!! I've never had boar shanks but really enjoy boar and always purchase it when my butcher has some. Loving Vacqueyras wines at the moment they are so food friendly and well-balanced.

  3. What an exotic dish! I cannot imagine cooking wild Boar! I admire your sense of adventure and ofcourse it looks delicious. Great pairing.

  4. What an incredible meal! Now you have me wanting to find some boar!

  5. Another impressive meal! Sounds like a great wine to go with it.