osso buco

I love osso buco but I don't make it frequently. Veal shin doesn't appear in the supermarket all that often but when it did last week I snapped up a few packets.

I always use Marcella's Hazan recipe for osso buco from The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. This version must be from a US cookbook because it uses cup measures, whilst the recipe in my book uses grams and ounces. 

(from Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking)
6 – 8 veal shanks
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup diced onion
2/3 cup diced carrot
2/3 cup diced celery
1 cup dry white wine
2 strips lemon zest
1 cup  chicken stock (I used beef stock, homemade)
1 + 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
1 tsp fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
3 – 4 parsley sprigs

1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp finely minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced Italian parsley

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Tie each shank tightly with a piece of twine to prevent them from falling apart during cooking.  Lightly season the shanks with salt and pepper, then flour both sides of the meat and brown them in a skillet with very hot olive oil. Set the meat aside, discard most of the oil, deglaze the pan with 1 cup of white wine, and set it aside.

Add butter to an oven-proof pan with a tight-fitting lid large enough to hold the meat in a single layer, and saute the onion, carrot, and celery mixture for about 6 minutes, until translucent.  Add the lemon peel and cook for a couple more minutes, then add the meat to the sauteed veggies,  pour the wine from deglazing the skillet over it and add the stock, the tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme.  Season with salt and pepper.

Bring the contents to a simmer, cover and transfer the pan to the oven. Let it cook for 2 – 3 hours (depending on the thickness of your shanks),  until the meat is fork tender.  If the pot gets too dry, add a few tablespoons of water.

Add the gremolata on top of the meat and sauce a few minutes before serving, and don’t allow it to cook for a long time.   Cut the twine around the meat, and serve.

I served it for lunch with the classic accompaniment of risotto milanese and it was so yummy, I licked the plate clean.

I have another packet of veal shin in the freezer so I know what I'll be having for my dinner this coming weekend. 

Counting the days until the weekend. I'll see you all again next week,



  1. Anonymous10:43 pm

    Looks delicious and perfect for these chilly days! Hope your cold has subsided, cheers Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy,

      feeling much better but I'm still really tired. Hopefully a quiet weekend will fix that.



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