Monday, March 9, 2009

osso bucco

Osso buco is a regional dish from Piedmont, Italy, traditionally made using veal shanks, which are sometimes sold as 'osso buco' in supermarkets. The marrow in the shanks is what gives them that rich flavour.

what you need
1/2 cup plain flour
8 (175g each) veal shanks
1/2 cup olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup white wine
400g can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
2 dried bay leaves
soft polenta, to serve

what to do
Preheat oven to 150°C. Sprinkle flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper.
Coat both sides veal in flour, shaking off excess. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook shanks, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until lightly browned. Transfer to a 4-litre capacity ovenproof dish.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 7 to 8 minutes or until soft. Increase heat to high. Add wine and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, stock, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to the boil. Pour over veal. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Uncover and cook for a further 30 minutes or until veal is very tender and sauce reduces slightly. Remove bay leaves.

Serve on soft polenta or creamy mash potatoes


  1. Sounds delicious Joe.
    By the way, have you ever heard of using daylilies in recipes?

  2. Mildred, they are used a bit in asian cooking, and you can use them to flavour vinegar as well, or they can be used when making soaps and lotions.
    It is said if put a day lily under your pillow, or use a pillowslip embroidered with a daylily, and you will forget your sorrows. Also the Chinese also believed that women who wore daylilies in their girdles would conceive sons.

    regards joe