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Nickel & Nickel
Harris Vineyard Merlot,
Oakville, Napa Valley
Ingredients (Serves 6)
SNOW PEA RISOTTO
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Generously season the pork shanks on all sides with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat a large cast iron pan on high, then add grapeseed oil. When hot, sear one shank on all sides until it is a deep golden color, about five minutes. Adjust the heat of pan if necessary. Remove the pork shanks from pan and place in a large casserole. Wipe out the pan and repeat process with the remaining three shanks.
In the same pan, keeping the fond from the shanks, turn the heat down to medium, then add the chopped onion, celery and carrot; sweat the vegetables for seven minutes. Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaf, then cover with the red wine. Reduce by half, then add the beef stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer and pour over the pork shanks. Place a well-fitting lid or aluminum foil over the casserole pan, then roast in the oven approximately two to two-and-a-half hours or until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. Remove the shanks from the cooking liquid. Set aside in a warm place.
Strain solids from the liquid into a small stainless steel tall pot. Bring to a simmer and reduce to sauce consistency. It should take five minutes on medium-high heat. Season to taste and set aside.
SNOW PEA RISOTTO AND SAUTEED PEA SHOOTS
Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a small pot. Heat a medium sized pot on medium-high, then add olive oil and the carnaroli rice. Toast the rice, stirring with a wooden spoon for one minute. Add the diced shallots, and cook for two minutes. Pour over with white wine, simmer for two minutes, and when the wine is au sec, ladle just enough chicken stock to cover the rice. Continuously stir the risotto, adding more stock every four minutes. This process will take about 15 minutes or until the rice is al dente. Fold in the Parmesan and butter, then season with kosher salt. Add the snow peas, chopped parsley and chives.
In a medium saute pan on medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the pea shoots and quickly saute until wilted. Sprinkle with salt.
Place a generous amount of risotto in a bistro bowl. Perch one pork shank atop the risotto, then drizzle with reduced sauce. Garnish with the pea tendrils. Enjoy with a glass of Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot.