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Osso Bucco with Risotto Milanese


Osso Bucco, in Italian means“Bone with a Hole”. Veal shanks, or Oxtail is seared and then braised in a sauce with red wine, herbs and beef stock. The meat is super tender, and is traditionally served over Risotto. Plan on a few hours of cooking it low and slow. This is a delicious dish, that can be pricey in a restaurant. On my food blog, I show you how to make it yourself.


4 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
8 veal shanks, about 1½ inches thick, tied tightly around the middle with kitchen string OR
6-8 oxtails (my preferred chocie)
3 cups chopped onions
cups diced celery
cups diced carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tablespoon salt
teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
cups dry red wine
quarts rich veal or beef stock
½ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat until very hot. In a shallow bowl or plate combine the flour with salt&pepper and dredge the shanks in the seasoned flour. Shake the shanks to remove any excess flour, then transfer shanks to the pot and cook until well-browned on all sides, working in batches if necessary, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the shanks and set aside. In a Dutch oven, with a lid, add the onions, celery and carrots to the Dutch oven and cook until softened and lightly browned around the edges, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pot with the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the stock, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Return the meat to the Dutch oven, nesting them together; add the bay leaves. Cover the Dutch Oven and transfer to the oven. Cook for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the shanks are very tender. To finish the recipe, I remove the bay leaves (of course). To thicken the sauce, I use about 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch, whisked with about equal water. It is sloooooooooowly added in, a bit at a time, until it reaches the thickness that I like. Serve immediately, 1-2 shanks per person. Serve with either orzo, polenta or my personal favorite—Risotto. For a Risotto recipe, copy and paste this link:

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