Osso Buco – Connoisseur Cooking From Milan

Osso buco (or ossobuco alla milanese) is a dish that comes from Milan, Italy. The veal literally melts in your mouth soon after cooking for 2 and 1/2 several hours. In an short article on spaghetti and meatballs, I outlined that Italians commonly do not blend pasta (or other starches like rice) with meat in the same class. But oso buco is pretty much constantly served with a special rice recipe termed risotto alla milaneses. I may well also add that oso buco is routinely topped with gremolata which is a combination of garlic, lemon peel, and Italian parsley.

Components (serves 6):

  • 6 – veal shanks about 2 inches thick and crosscut (ie, slash across the bone)
  • 1/2 cup – all purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 tablespoons – butter
  • 2 tablespoons – added virgin olive oil
  • 1 – onion, finely chopped
  • 3 – celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 – carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves – garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bottle – dry white wine (eg, chardonnay)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) – diced tomatoes (eg, Hunts brand name)


  • 2 lemons – take away the peel from the lemons in extensive strips with a vegetable peeler and then mince
  • 3 cloves – garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup – finely chopped Italian parsley


Preheat the oven to 325 levels F. Rinse the shanks (to get rid of any compact bone particles) and then salt and pepper each and every facet.

In a significant frying pan, soften 4 tablespoons of butter on medium to medium substantial warmth and then increase the olive oil. Dip each and every shank in the flour to go over, shaking excess off, and spot in the pan. When the veal has browned very well on the two sides, eliminate and location in a baking dish (the dish I use is about 10 x 14 inches and 2.5 inches deep).

Pour off any extra body fat or oil in the pan and then increase 4 tablespoons butter together with the onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are tender and tender. Incorporate the wine and make positive you scrape the browned particles off the base of the pan although you are ready for the wine to boil. They must occur off quickly. At the time the wine boils, minimize the warmth, increase the tomatoes, and mix effectively. Pour the contents in the pan about the shanks in the baking dish. Unfold the greens around and concerning the shanks, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 2 and 1/2 several hours.

To make the gremolata, just mix the substances alongside one another. I typically provide just about every particular person a shank topped with the greens and juices and sprinkled with the gremolata. I propose that you provide risotto alla milanese along with the shanks.

Take pleasure in.

Jack Botticelli

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