Exotic Meat Market offers Forequarter Shank of
Alpaca. The Forequarter shank is removed from the forequarter by a cut through the
joint of the radius and humerus bones. The shank tip is removed approximately
at the level of shank meat on the radius bone.
Alpaca Forequarter Shank is extremely flavorful and succulent.
Alpaca Shank should be braised or slow cooked in a crockpot. When properly
prepared, Alpaca shanks practically melt off the bone and they are a popular
menu item in restaurants.
There’s nothing more satisfying than the smell of
slow cooking forequarter Alpaca shanks wafting through your house in winter.
Forequarter shanks are smaller than the hind leg shanks, so they don’t take as
long to cook but they are just as satisfying.
Alpaca meat was once considered a delicacy by
Andean inhabitants. Alpaca meat is one of the healthiest and most flavorful
meat’s in the world. The meat is lean, tender, and almost sweet. Alpaca meat is
not only rich in proteins, but also low in fat & has the lowest level of
cholesterol of any meat.
Just as meat from cattle is called beef and deer
is venison, the term being used for Alpaca meat in America currently is PACA.
There are many health benefits of alpaca meat in
comparison to the traditional livestock meats. It is the meat of the Andes and
one of the healthiest and oldest food sources of the Incan’s and pre-Incans and
remains a South American delicacy as well as important daily food source.
Braise it! Season the shanks with salt and pepper
and brown them in a large, heavy bottom pot. Set the meat aside and add
aromatics such as onion, garlic and herbs like fresh thyme and rosemary to the
pot along with some beef stock. Scrape up all the brown bits, return the meat
to the pot, cover it and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 to 2
hours. It should be falling off the bone tender. Then serve it over mashed
potatoes or creamy polenta.
Turn it into sandwiches! After the shank is
braised and tender, let it cool and pull the meat off the bones into shreds. Sauté
an onion in olive oil until it's caramelized. Spread two slices of good crusty
bread with butter, pile on the shredded Alpaca shank meat along with tomatoes,
some greens, and the caramelized onions. Slice and serve.
Or, turn it into BBQ flavored pulled meat and
serve it as tacos. Simply add your favorite BBQ sauce and chili powder to the
braising liquid before placing the Alpaca in the oven. When cooked and
shredded, serve it in tacos with your favorite toppings.
Make a stew! Braise the Alpaca, as per the above
instructions but add celery, carrots, red wine, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves
to the pot before placing it in the oven for about 2 hours. When the meat is
tender, remove it from the pot and pull it off the bone. Strain the sauce and
return it to the pot. Simmer the sauce over medium heat until it reduces by
about half and return the Alpaca meat to the sauce. Serve over potatoes,
noodles, polenta, or rice.
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