Osso Bucco

Serves 4; serve with risotto alla milanese (saffron risotto) or plain white rice

  • 4 thick slices of shin of veal cut with marrow
  • flour
  • 50g butter
  • 120 ml of white wine
  • 250gms tomatoes, peeled and chopped or tinned
  • meat stock or water
  • salt and pepper
  • For the gremolata to finish the dish:
    • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
    • 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
    • one anchovy, chopped (optional)

Coat the meat with flour and brown in butter on both sides; pour in the wine and simmer for 10 mins, add tomatoes and stock or water to cover. Season with salt and pepper and cooked covered for 1.5 to two hours stirring occasionally to make sure the meat does not stick until it is tender and comes away from the bone. Keep adding stock or water to keep the meat covered at first but remove the lid and reduce to very thick at the end.

Mix up the gremolata, put on each piece of meat and carry on cooking for a few minutes at the end.

Here is an alternative pressure cooker version of the recipe

  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ½ to 3 pounds (4 pieces) osso buco (bone-in veal shanks), patted dry with a paper towel
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup chicken or beef stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of kosher salt, plus more as needed

Spread flour in a shallow bowl or plate. Tie the thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and bay leaf together with kitchen twine.

Season the veal with the salt and pepper to taste, and then dredge it in the flour to coat all sides. Using the sauté function on high if available, heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Add the osso buco in batches (do not crowd the pot), and brown it well on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Altogether this will take 20 to 30 minutes to get the pieces nicely golden all over. Transfer the osso buco pieces to a plate as they brown.

Turn the sauté function down to medium if available, or unplug the pot for a minute to let it cool down slightly. Add the butter to the pressure cooker and let it melt; then stir in the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are very soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste, and cook until the garlic is fragrant and the tomato paste has darkened, another 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the wine to the pot to deglaze it, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Stir in the stock and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Nestle the osso buco pieces into the pot, then top with the herb bundle. Cover and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

Transfer the osso buco to a plate and, using the sauté function, simmer the sauce, stirring it often, until it is thick and reduced, 10 to 15 minutes. Let the sauce settle for at least 10 minutes, and then spoon any excess fat off the top.

While the sauce is settling, make the gremolata: In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, lemon zest, garlic, and salt.

To serve, transfer the osso buco to a serving platter, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the gremolata, with more on the side.


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