Budget Beater Pork Shanks

A flavourful, low-budget favourite.


  • 15 kg Pork shanks, cut into portions
  • 25 ml Seasoned cake flour
  • 25 ml Olive oil
  • 2 Onions, cut into rings
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Small tin tomato puree
  • 5 ml Sugar
  • 250 ml Chicken stock
  • 2 Medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Carrots, chopped
  • 125 ml Green beans, cut into strips
  • 10 ml Chopped fresh herbs, such as sage, coriander, basil and/or parsley


Roll the pork shanks in the seasoned flour and fry gently in the olive oil until light and golden brown

Add onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft and transparent

Add the remaining ingredients, except potatoes, carrots and beans

Cover with a lid and simmer for 1½ – 2 hours over low heat until tender

Add boiling water or a little more chicken stock if the sauce cooks away

Add the vegetables 30 minutes before the end of the cooking period, and simmer until the pork shanks and the vegetables are soft

Serve with crusty bread rolls, couscous, rice or pasta

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