This pork shank will keep you company on those long, chilly nights.
This pork shank will keep you company on those long, chilly nights.

Traditional New England dishes are given a modern twist by Top Chef contestant and Boston chef Stacy Cogswell. These recipes, like these pork shanks and spinach dumplings, are designed to help you withstand the cold, harsh New England winters.

Pork shanks are an underrated cut of meat, but they have a fantastic porky flavor, and they’re actually pretty lean — the best of both worlds. After hours of braising, the pork is tender and warmly flavored by the apples, ginger, star anise and cinnamon. Their Flintstones-approved size makes them immediately impressive, so they’re perfect for entertaining. If you happen to have any leftovers, just pick the pork off the bone and put it back into the glaze; you’ll have a great sauce for pasta or polenta.

Reprinted with permission from The New New England Cookbook