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Braised Wild Boar Shank with Sweet Potato Hash

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If you're in the mood for a different kind of comfort food then consider "Braised Wild Boar Shank with Sweet Potato Hash" from bouchon santa barbara.  Wild boar is generally lean and mild but sometimes it can have a bit of 'gaminess'.  In this preparation, the braising and associated braising liquid will tame any 'gaminess'.  Complimenting the full-flavored braised wild Boar is a creamy sweet potato and vegetable hash.  A bit of pancetta and white cheddar further accent this flavorful dish.  bouchon santa barbara recommends pairing this dish with Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah.

Braised Wild Boar Shank with Sweet Potato Hash

From bouchon santa barbara 

Serves 4
  • four 12-16 oz. wild boar shanks (one per diner)
Braising ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or enough to fill your roasting pan to one-third full)
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 4 cups diced sweet potatoes, ¼ - ½ inch 'cubes'
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced scallions
  • ½ cup diced pancetta (substitute bacon if necessary)
  • ¼ cup white cheddar, shredded
  • 2 tbsp  olive oil    
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Braising shanks:  Season and heavily brown shanks.  Place shanks in roasting pan and fill one-third of the way with chicken stock, cover with aluminum foil and cook for a minimum of three hours.  Reserve braising liquid, add horseradish to taste (remove fat that has come to the surface).  When you serve the dish, reheat shanks in oven.

Cooking the hash: 
Sauté pancetta until browned, strain and set aside.  In hot pan add oil and potatoes, cooking until browned, add bell pepper, then cream, then pancetta and salt and pepper lightly.  Fold in white cheddar and scallions just before serving, serve immediately.

When ready to serve:  Add sautéed Swiss chard or other full-flavored green.  Place mound of hash just off center in bowl with Swiss chard to one side. Lay shank, bone upwards, against the hash.  Garnish with fresh herbs.

About Fess Parker Rodney's Vineyard Syrah

On the nose you'll find blackberry, plum, black currant, and mocha notes. This Syrah is well structured with a nice core of dark fruit, sweet spice and chocolaty tannins that carry through its lengthy finish.

About Fess Parker Winery

ImageWhen Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950's, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So too did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family's history. Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1989 to plant a small vineyard and sell fruit to local producers. But, as Fess' daughter, Ashley explains, "Fess is from Texas, so he can't do anything small".  The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard now farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.  

Fess Parker Winery
6200 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441


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