Osso Buco

osso buco

Osso Buco, Also referred to as Braised Veal Shanks.  Recipe from Trattoria: The Best of Casual Italian Cooking.

Osso buco is a dish prepared with veal shanks which have been braised in wine and vegetables until they are fall-off-the-bone tender.  A special utensil is used to scoop out the marrow from the bone.

Recipe By: Trattoria: The Best of Casual Italian Cooking
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  • Serves 4


    • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 4 veal shanks, about 1lb each, 2" thick
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 1/2 cup diced celery
    • 1/2 cup peeled, diced carrots
    • 1/3 cup diced fennel
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons fresh marjoram leaves
    • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 1/4 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
    • 1 cup dry Italian white wine
    • 2-3 cups beef stock
  • Gremolata:


 Prepare veal shanks:
 Spread the flour on a plate and evenly coat the veal shanks with the flour, shaking off any excess.  Tie the shanks with kitchen twine so they hold together during the cooking process.
 veal shanks tied and floured for osso buco
 veal shanks tied and floured
 In a large frying pan or pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter with the olive oil.  When hot, add the veal shanks and lightly brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.  Remove the veal shanks from the pan and set aside.
 Reduce the hat to medium-low and add the onion, carrot, celery and fennel.  Sauté until the edges of the onion are translucent, 3-4 minutes, do not allow to brown.  Add the garlic, marjoram, thyme and bay leaf and stir until blended.  Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Return the veal to the pan and cook for 1 minute.  Raise the heat to high, pour in the wine and deglaze the pan by stirring to dislodge any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
 When the mixture boils add about 2 cups of the meat stock; the liquid should reach three-fourths the way up the sides of the veal shanks.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover partially and simmer, turning the shanks over occasionally.  Continue cooking, adding more stock as needed to keep the mixture moist, until the veal is tender when pierced with a fork and there are about 2 cups of liquid and vegetables remaining about 2 1/2 hours.  If there is too much liquid, uncover and boil gently to concentrate the broth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
 Toss together all the ingredients until evenly distributed.
 To Serve
 Discard the bay leaf.  Place 1 veal shank on each plate and spoon the broth and vegetables on top.  Sprinkle with the gremolata and serve immediately.

The Proper Meat Cut
This is what the proper ossobuco veal shank cut should look like. It is quite meaty with a large center bone.  It is customary when eating this dish to scoop the bone marrow out with a special "marrow spoon".  Although quite rich it is very delicious.

proper veal cut for osso buco
the proper cut of veal shank for ossobuco


marrow spoon for osso buco
marrow spoon from shirleypewtershop.com

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