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Osso Buco

Osso buco

I have never tried Osso Buco.  I rarely eat veal.  Not that I don’t like the taste of veal, I guess I just consciously decided that I didn’t want to eat a baby calf.

But Osso Buco has always intrigued me.

Last week, I happened to be perusing the meat section at my market and I saw it.  One single veal shank.  Wrapped up real purty, with my name on it. It was calling too me.  As I moved closer, I saw the label.

“FOR OSSO BUCO”.  It was fate.

Now, I had to find a recipe. Where else would I do that?  The Interwebs.  First, I found one from Giada DeLaurentiis.  Then, I turned to Twitter. and my friend Deb from Italian Food Forever sent me this link.

And I must admit, it didn’t really matter which recipe I made.  In the end it was Deb’s picture that pushed me over the edge.  So I used her recipe as the base for my own dish.

I always estimate amounts when I cook, as opposed to when I bake.  Especially when it comes to meat dishes, because I am only cooking for one – and nobody writes recipes for just one serving.  Half the fun is experimenting.

Osso Buco:

- veal shank
- flour
- salt & pepper
- butter
- olive oil
- finely chopped onion, celery and carrot (mirepoix or sofritto)
- clove of minced garlic
- dry white wine
- beef stock
- chopped tomatoes

Gremolata:

- zest of one lemon
- finely minced garlic clove
- handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Season shank with salt and pepper, then dust with flour.

In a dutch oven, melt a mixture of butter and oil, and brown the shanks well on both sides. Remove to a separate plate and pour off any fat. Add a smidge more butter, and the vegetables. Saute the vegetables until tender. Add a generous splash of wine, scrape up any brown bits on the bottom, add some beef stock, bring to a boil and reduce.

Add some tomatoes and mix well. Return the shanks to the pan, cover and place in the oven for at least 2 1/2 hours.

Serve each shank with some sauce over top and a healthy sprinkle of the gremolata topping.  Add a chilled glass of the white wine used in the dish for a perfect meal!

I have to tell you, this was sooooo good, I was literally making noises when I ate it.  Yes, it was that good!  And though it was my first attempt at making Osso Buco, it surely won’t be my last.

How ’bout you? Have you ever had Osso Buco?  Whose recipe do you use?

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    joanne at frutto della passione
    May 6th, 2009

    I’ve never done them in the oven, must try that next time, looks delish!

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    Leesie
    May 6th, 2009

    I’m a huge fan of this dish. So glad to see how much you enjoyed it. I could see a side of polenta with it to sop up every last bit of that sauce!
    I thought of a wonderful cookbook you might enjoy and that I personally own called “Northern Italian Cooking” by Biba Caggiano. Lots of great recipes, but one especially sticks out in my mind and that is her recipe for Risotto with Asparagus Tips (your husband would love it and it would be a perfect dish for both of you to share!) Of course, if you’d like, I can email you the recipe.

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    Michele
    May 6th, 2009

    That looks delicious and looks like more than one portion! I’ve made it years ago and I used Giada’s recipe. It was delicious. My boyfriend doesn’t eat veal so I never make it for him. My father loves it so maybe I’ll make it for my dad one day soon.

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    Anne
    May 6th, 2009

    I don’t think I have ever tried it, will have to change that, looks tasty.
    Is your husband a veggie then??? He would love Chez Loulous baked risotto…just leave out the bacon.. :-) I have made this lots of times, so tasty!
    http://chezlouloufrance.blogsp.....rring.html

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    It was, and so easy!!! I was looking for a crock pot recipe, but this one looked too good to pass up :)

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    So glad you like it too- although not a big fan of polenta :( But Risotto and Asparagus…that’s another story!! I’d love the recipe, Leesie. If you could email- I’d appreciate it!
    xo

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    It was a big piece- it lasted me for two meals!! I think your Dad would love it if you made it for him, Michele :)

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    Yep- pseudo-hubs IS a veggie- but he eats fish. Thanks for the recipe- I am sure we will love it- maybe I’ll throw some bacon in for me at the last minute ;)

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    Merisi
    May 6th, 2009

    This looks enticing! :-)
    I had my first ossobuco at the home of the mother of a Milanese friend. It was ossobuco alla milanese, no tomatoes, just a little white wine sauce and gremolata on top of the “buco”, served with saffron risotto. I was a little hesitant at first to use the little marrow spoon provided, but came around and enjoyed it.

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    Oh, that sounds just lovely, Merisi!  Nice memory :)  It would be so delish with risotto!  Not so sure about the marrow spoon myself?!
     

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    Leesie
    May 6th, 2009

    I’ll send it right over ;o) Let me know when you try it! hugs…

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    My Melange
    May 6th, 2009

    Thanks! At this point, it prolly won’t be until we get back- but you can be sure I’ll make it soon after that!
    xo

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    Mary Jo
    May 7th, 2009

    I LOVE Osso Buco!
    It’s one of those dishes, however, that I never think to make at home. But when I’m needing a fix, I have a favorite restaurant or two that I’m off to visit. However, I’ll put this recipe away in case I get the urge to give it a go.

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    My Melange
    May 7th, 2009

    Hi Mary Jo!  It is a pretty easy recipe- so I think you should give it a try sooner than later.  But I get that *wanting to have it out at a restaurant* thing.  Sometimes, it is hard to duplicate a favorite restaurant meal ;)  Why mess with a good thing, right?

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    Tara Bradford
    May 7th, 2009

    It looks delicious! Must try this. And yes, I have eaten it recently, at a restaurant in Paris. Not quite the same as in Italy, but not bad. xo

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    My Melange
    May 7th, 2009

    Thanks Tara- And I am sure yours in Paris was just as delish as in Italy :) I know it was at least a better setting than my house!! xo

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    Imani
    May 8th, 2009

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! I adore osso buco! And that started long before I started traveling to Italy on a regular basis.
    As for polenta, being from southern Italian origins, it was foreign to me. My SO is northern Italian. At first, I didn’t care for it, but it grew on me after a while.
    Now I make it even here in the states, with tons of grated pana gradano or parmigiano on top. YUMMY! It is perfect with osso buco!
    Thanks for the memories and reminder to make this dish soon.

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    Jessica, WhyGo Italy
    May 8th, 2009

    I had ossobuco with gremolata in Milan at a Home Food dinner (seriously, Robin, you would love Home Food – next trip to Italy, get thyself a month-long membership), and it was mouth-wateringly good. Especially the marrow. Like buttah. Only bettah.

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    My Melange
    May 9th, 2009

    Oh my- sounds sooooo good and so much fun!! Definitely have to look into that Home Food! Thanks for the tip ;)

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    My Melange
    May 9th, 2009

    You bet! Glad I could help with the fond food memories!!

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    Jessica, WhyGo Italy
    May 14th, 2009

    Here’s my post about Home Food:
    http://www.italylogue.com/plan.....-best.html
    And the one I wrote about the dinner I went to in Milan:
    http://www.italylogue.com/thin.....milan.html

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    My Melange
    May 14th, 2009

    Oh, thanks Jess- fine reading material!! YUM!

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