Recipe by Jeff Moschetti of The Landmark Restaurant of Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Created for the Share Our Strength's Taste Of The Nation.
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- Tamale Filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. Season the shanks liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 2 Tbs olive oil in a 12-inch deep skillet or braiser over medium-high heat. Working in 2 or 3 batches, brown the shank well and transfer to a large, deep roaster with a tight fitting lid; set aside.
- Add the 1/2 lb bacon, 2 carrots, 1 onion, 6 cloves garlic and 1 Tbs fresh thyme to the skillet. Sauté until onion softens, approximately 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Add 28 oz plum tomatoes with juice, 2 cups broth, 2 cups dry Sherry, 4 dried Ancho chilis, 2 Tbs tomato paste, 1 Tbs chili powder, 1 Tbs paprika, 2 tsp cumin and 1 tsp coriander. Return skillet to heat and bring to boil, scraping the brown bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.
- Pour tomato mixture over shanks in roaster. Cover and place in the oven and braise until the shanks are very tender about 2 ½ to 3 hours. Remove the pork shanks from the roaster and allow to cool. Strain liquid; discard solids. Transfer liquid to large bowl and refrigerate until fat forms layer on top. Spoon off fat and discard. Place 2 cups of juices in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, to reduce to 1 1/2 cups. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.