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I’m always looking for a cozy weekend recipe to make at home to enjoy throughout the week and I had this delicious red wine braised beef shank in California. Grana is a modern Italian restaurant in downtown Chico, California that serves farm-to-table dishes from a wood-fired oven. I was visiting California for California Restaurant Month and Grana of was one the participating restaurants that I dined at during my road trip from Calistoga, Butte (Chico, Durham, Oroville), and Sacramento.
Chef Jeff King of Grana was so kind to share his recipe for the red wine braised beef shank so I could enjoy it at home and to share with you guys!
Grana’s overall menu is southern Italy-inspired, but Chef Jeff builds on that based on what is seasonally available from his local meat and produce partners, with whom he works closely. Last year, 90% of what King spent on produce went to businesses with 50 miles of Chico, and most of the restaurant’s beef and pork is sourced from Chico-based Llano Seco.
The rich, wine broth flavor really soaks into the beef shanks thanks to the braising method, which also makes the beef so tender it falls right off the bone. Grana used carrots and turnips from local California farms in the area so I recommend you to also visit your local farmer’s market for vegetables.
The broth is so delicious so I’d even served these red wine braised beef shanks with some toasted, crusty bread, or mashed potatoes!
If you’re visit Chico in California, be sure to stop by Grana and try out their wood-fired dishes.