Basic Osso Buco Recipe

Aug 15, 2011 6:01 pm

How to turn braised veal shanks into osso buco

The end result of this basic osso buco recipe is pure meaty awesomeness, but it does take awhile to get there. The veal shank starts out as tough as a Converse hi-top; you've gotta braise it nice and slow to get it to that melt-in-your-mouth texture. Plate it on top of a perfectly made risotto, serve it with a full-bodied Italian red to pay homage to osso buco's roots (it supposedly originated in Milan) and pat yourself on the back for a meal well made.

photo: <a href="">andy pucko</a> on Flickr
photo: andy pucko on Flickr
Osso buco means "bone with a hole" in Italian.
Servings: 4 servings


4 veal shanks, patted dry
all-purpose flour, for dredging
Salt and pepper, for seasoning
1 onion, chopped
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup red wine, dry
3 sprigs thyme
3 cups chicken or beef stock
1/4 cup parsley, chopped, for garnish
vegetable oil for cooking
lemon zest, for garnish
  1. Season each shank with salt and freshly ground pepper and dredge  in flour, shaking off the excess.
  2. In a large pot with a lid that fits, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add the veal shanks and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove browned shanks and reserve.
  3. In the same pot, add the onion, carrot and celery. Saute until soft and translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Cook for about a minute more.
  4. Return the shanks to the pan and add the wine and reduce liquid by half, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme and 2 cups of the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone.
  5. Check every 15 minutes, turning shanks and adding more chicken stock as necessary. The level of cooking liquid should always be about 3/4 the way up the meat. 
  6. Remove the shanks carefully from the pot as the meat could slip right off the bone. Serve with juices and sprinkle with parsley and lemon zest.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
2 hours
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