Osso Buco for #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on May 19, 2013

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Slow cookers are an amazing kitchen gadget. Simply add a handful of ingredients to the pot, cover, set on low, and when you come home from work, dinner is ready for you. Seriously magic. This week the #SundaySupper crew is taking it low and slow with dozens of recipes for your crock pot. Susan over at the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen is our host, and I’m bringing a Milanese classic–Osso Buco.

Osso buco originated in Northern Italy and makes good use of the shank–an otherwise not so tender cut. By slowly braising the veal shanks in white wine and chicken broth, the meat becomes fork tender, eventually falling off the bone. The liquids in which the shanks cook thicken with the bone marrow, making a complex gravy. Seasoned with onions, garlic, carrots, and fresh herbs, this peasant stew is ripe for an elegant presentation. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’d recommend serving this atop my easy creamy baked polenta. Oh, and don’t skip the gremolata–it really pulls the whole thing together–the contrast of the rich meat and gravy with the bright flavors of citrus and garlic. Wow. This recipe is adapted from Essentials of Slow Cooking by Williams-Sonoma.

Let’s get started!

Osso Buco | Webicurean

In a large frying pan, brown the shanks on all sides (about 10 minutes).

Osso Buco | Webicurean

While the shanks are browning, chop the vegetables.

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Once the shanks are browned, remove from pan, and saute onion and garlic until softened.

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Deglaze the pan with the wine, then add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Place the shanks in the bottom of the crock pot, then pour the vegetable/broth mixture over the top. Cover and cook on low for six hours or high for three hours.

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Shortly before the veal is done, make the gremolata. I like to chop the garlic and parsley in a chopping bowl, then stir in the grated lemon and orange peel.

Osso Buco | Webicurean

Once the osso buco is done, serve yourself a nice big plate and sprinkle with the gremolata. This is best served over my easy creamy baked polenta.

Palate Press recommends pairing this with a wine that’s rich, dark, and complex such as the 2008 Cipriani San Martino Bolgheri Superiore.

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Veal shanks braised in a mixture of white wine, onions and garlic then topped with gremolata make an elegant meal served over polenta.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 veal shanks (2½-3 lbs)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1½ cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Generously season shanks with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat and add the shanks. Brown on all sides and remove from pan (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and saute until the onion softens. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan. Next add the carrot, celery, tomatoes, broth, oregano, and thyme, and bring to a boil.
  3. Transfer the shanks to a slow cooker, then pour the broth/vegetable mixture over the top. Cover and cook until veal shanks are tender--about 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve with gremolata.

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A mixture of parsley, garlic, lemon zest and orange zest makes the perfect accompaniment to ossobuco.
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, garlic, and zests. Serve.

 

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