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.

Osso Buco.
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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.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 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
  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.
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, garlic, and zests. Serve.


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Susan May 19, 2013 at 4:53 am

Stunning pictures! Of course as I’m typing my stomach is growling and all I’m thinking about is how I really want to take my fork and dig into that right now!
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Jen @JuanitasCocina May 19, 2013 at 5:10 am

If you were here, you would have just heard my stomach growl. LOUD.
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Renee May 19, 2013 at 5:24 am

Osso Buco is one of those things I will order any time I see it on a menu. I love it and so does my husband. I’ve have not made it at home yet and I can tell that will change soon after seeing this recipe. Love the gremolata too.
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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 19, 2013 at 5:57 am

Wow what a fantastic recipe! I just love it!!
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DB-The Foodie Stuntman May 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

This dish is on my To Do List, so thanks for showing me how.
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Cindys Recipes and Writings May 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

This sounds so good served with polenta!


Amanda @ MarocMama May 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

I want to eat this right now!!!!


Chris Baccus May 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

Osso Buco is easily one of my favorite meals ever yet I rarely find it on menus and never make it at home since my wife does not like it. I’ll still have to add this to my list and just get something else for the family to eat some night because I must try this!
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Bea May 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

Osso Bucco is so good and your presentation is amazing! I would like to have that plate right now for breakfast! Thank you for sharing!
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Diana @GourmetDrizzles May 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

Wow, Anne, I’ve been waiting all week to see this one, and OMGoodness, it looks and sounds incredible! I’ve always wanted to try Osso Bucco, and now I can even make it myself… love the gremolata on top too! Tasty and lovely!


Tara May 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

One of my all time favs and yours looks divine!!
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Katy May 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

That is such a pretty dish – and a great way to cook shanks of meat!


Martin D. Redmond May 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I do adore Osso Bucco, and yours looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


Liz May 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Wow, what spectacular looking veal shanks! My hubby loves osso buco…and I need to try this out at home!


sunithi May 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Looks so good and I totally want that pretty crock pot !! Must try this recipe !


Anne Papina May 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

You know, I love that little crock pot–I’ve had it about 20 years now. I was searching the other day, and I don’t think they make them anymore–it’s from CorningWare and goes with my CorningWare baking set (the insert is an actual 3qt corning dish).


Family Foodie May 20, 2013 at 8:12 am

These pictures are beautiful, and this dish looks amazing! On top of that polenta… delicious!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons May 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

This is beautiful! I have one of Williams Sonoma slow cooker cookbooks (I think it’s called The New Slow Cooker), and I love it.
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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite May 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

Wow this looks incredible. I have never tried veal but I am very curious
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Lokness @ The Missing Lokness May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This sounds like a great comfort meal. I haven’t made veal at home before. This would be an excellent opportunity.


Anne Papina May 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

It’s REALLY good comfort food! You know, I don’t cook veal that often either, but you can’t go wrong with something like this–veal is usually tender anyway, but cooking in the slow cooker makes it fall off the bone. Enjoy!


Carole June 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is about veal? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers


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