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Braised Beef Shanks

(3-3/4lbs) beef shanks
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, medium chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups beef stock
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
2 bay leaves
salt&pepper – to taste
2tbsp flour
2tbsp butter
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup pearl onions
1 cup cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
2tsp adobo chili powder

Pat the meat dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Add oil to a super hot skillet
Add the meat and cook without moving until a beautiful golden crust forms, which will take 3-5 minutes. Flip the meat and continue cooking until a crust forms on that side too. Remove the cooked pieces of meat to a 7 quart Dutch oven.
Once the meat has been cooked and removed, lower the heat to medium, add a little more fat to the pan if necessary then throw in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are fragrant and become slightly golden. Add flour cook out 2minutes
Add white wine, reduce 2minutes, add stock and water, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs, chili powder, salt, pepper and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, then pour over the meat in the Dutch oven.
Cover and cook in a 325F oven for 3 to 3½ .
Last 45 minutes add some pearl onions, crushed tomatoes and the mushroom, continue cooking till fall off the bone tender 🙂 enjoy!

Spicy Caribbean Guacamole

2 medium avocados (cubed)
1/2 of 1 medium mango (small cubed)
2 stalks of scallions
1 – 2 tsp jamaican scotch bonnet pepper sauce(to taste, less or more to suit your taste)
1/2 seeded finely chopped habanero pepper
1/4 cup small diced tomato
1 medium garlic clove finely diced
juice from 1 lemon or lime
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
salt and pepper (to taste)

Mix vigorously the avocado, lemon juice, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper.
Then add all other ingredients and gently toss them together until well incorporated .
Serve this up with the chip or naan bread of your choice! i went with blue corn chips, extra flavorful delicious and healthy! enjoy!