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Beef Shanks with Eggplant and Watercress

Beef Shanks with Eggplant and Watercress

Beef Shanks with Eggplant and Watercress can be eaten with root vegetables such as potatoes, yuca, yam and plantains. It can also be eaten with grains such as rice or even bulgur wheat.
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Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal


  • 2 lb beef shanks about 2 whole shanks
  • 1 lime
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large eggplant cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup unsalted tomato sauce
  • ½ cup sweet peppers sliced
  • 1 cup onions sliced
  • 2 cups watercress cleaned, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon scotch bonnet peper finely chopped
  • pepper to taste


  • Squeeze lime, reserve juice and clean meat with rinds. Rinse meat under running water, pat dry and set aside.
  • In a mortar and pestle, crush garlic, parsley, thyme, scotch bonnet, black pepper and salt. Crush until a paste is formed.
  • Add spice paste and lime juice to meat and rub. Place in a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Cook beef in heavy pot on medium to low heat with marinade for 30 to 45 minutes. Do not add water. The meat should cook in its own juice. If more water is needed, add very little hot water as necessary.
  • Peel and cut eggplant in cubes and add to another pot. Add water to cover eggplant and cook until fully cooked and very soft for about 15 minutes. Drain water from eggplant, do not discard water, and mash eggplant thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Remove beef from pot and set aside. There should not be a lot of cooking liquid left. In same pot, add oil and tomato sauce. Let cook for about 2 -3 minutes. Add meat back to pot and stir. Add peppers, onion, watercress and eggplant. Stir and let cook covered for 15 minutes. Add mixture of dried spices, such as bay leaves, basil, oregano and marjoram, or a blend of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste and cover for 10 minutes until meat and veggies are fully cooked. Serve hot with rice.


Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 33gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 841mgPotassium: 1094mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1471IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 5mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Beef Stew, Beef Stew Recipe, Vegetable Stew
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