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Veal Osso Buco

Veal shank slow-braised and finished with lemon zest and parsley, Served over creamy risotto!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Veal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 524 kcal
Author Adapted From Cook's Illustrated

Ingredients

For The Osso Buco:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 veal shanks, 1 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 1/2 cups white wine (I use Chardonnay)
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 6 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 14.5 ounces canned tomatoes, drained

For The Gremolata:

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley

Instructions

For The Osso Buco:

  1. Set oven rack to lower-middle and heat oven to 325 F.
  2. Pat dry each veal shank and tie around its center with kitchen twine, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat, until the oil is shimmering. Place 3 shanks in the pan and cook until they are golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the shanks and cook on the second side until golden brown, about another 5 minutes. Transfer them to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Take the Dutch oven off the heat and add 1/2 cup of white wine, scraping the pan bottom to loosen any browned bits. Pour this liquid into the bowl with the browned shanks.
  5. Return the Dutch oven to heat, and 2 more tablespoons oil, and repeat this entire process with the next 3 shanks.
  6. With all shanks resting in a bowl off the heat, return the Dutch oven to heat, add 2 more tablespoons olive oil and bring up to medium-high heat again. Then add the carrots, onions and celery and cook until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute longer.
  7. Increase the heat to high and stir in the chicken broth, the rest of the white wine, any juice from the veal bowl, and the bay leaves. Then add the tomatoes and return the veal to the pot. Bring the this to a full simmer, then cover, crack the lid slightly, and move to the preheated oven.
  8. Cook the shanks until the meat is easily pierced with a fork, about 90 to 100 minutes.

For The Gremolata:

  1. Combine the garlic, lemon zest, and parsley in a small bowl.
  2. Stir half of the gremolata into the pot, reserving the rest for a garnish.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve:

  1. Remove shanks from the Dutch oven and carefully cut off the twine
  2. Place each shank on a bed of polenta or risotto (if using), or directly into a serving bowl or plate.
  3. Add some of the braising liquid, tomatoes, and vegetables and finish by sprinkling with the gremolata.

Recipe Notes

I usually tie my shanks with kitchen twine - and it almost always comes off while I'm braising them. Don't be surprised if this happens to you. Just remove it from the pan and keep on stepping!