by Rachel Khoo

Each region in France uses their own local red wine for this dish, so you don’t need to use a bottle of Burgundy. Dumplings made from leftover baguettes make a great alternative to potatoes, as well as soaking up the juices from the stew.

Main course


It needs long slow cooking but has a superb flavour. Used in casseroles and stews, it makes the most delicious gravy because the connective tissue in it turns to gelatine, thickening and flavouring the sauce. Shin can be bought on or off the bone, whole, in slices, or diced, all of which are suited to slow cooking. If bought in thick slices with the bone running through the middle it's a good substitute for oxtail. Alternatively, use it in place of veal in osso bucco.