OSSO BUCO

8 to 12 veal shanks
6 tablespoons butter
1 / 2 cup olive oil
1 to 2 cups Flour for coating
Salt and pepper

28 ounce can crushed tomato
14 1 / 2 ounce can chopped tomatoes
2 large onions, sliced thin
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups white wine
1 / 2 cup chopped fresh basil or 3 tablespoons dried
1 / 4 cup chopped fresh oregano or 2 tablespoons dried
1/ 4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried
2 cups homemade beef broth or canned

1. Rinse veal shanks under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside.
2. In a Dutch oven or large casserole dish, add butter and olive oil. Season flour with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge the veal shanks in flour mixture and place in Dutch oven. Sear the veal, browning on all sides. Transfer veal to a paper towel lined dish.
3. In the meantime, set oven to 350 degrees.
4. Add thinly sliced onions, garlic, basil and oregano to Dutch oven and saute until onions are tender and light brown in color.
5. Add canned tomatoes and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
6. Add white wine and bring to a boil. Low flame and simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes. Mix everything well with a wooden spoon.
7. Place all veal shanks back into the Dutch oven with tomato/onion mixture. Pour the beef broth over the top of everything. Cover the Dutch oven and place into the oven to bake for 1 and 1 / 2 hours. Remove the cover and gently move the veal shanks around so top pieces become bottom pieces and visa versa. Continue to cook in oven, uncovered for another 30 minutes or until veal is fork tender and falls off bone.
8. Serve with risotto or pasta. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 to 8 portions
ENJOY – Osso Buco is Oh So Good!

How do you impress first time guests for dinner? Make them Osso Buco with risotto. It worked for me, and I’m sure it’ll work for you! When our good friends Mary Ellen and Mike came for dinner, I chose this meal as a way of letting them know I value their friendship.

They have a house in upstate New York near my daughter Mia’s college. While planning a trip to visit Mia’s school last fall I had difficulty finding hotel lodging because I waited too long. Then I thought about Mary Ellen and Mike’s generous offer to stay at their place, and I took them up on it. What a pleasure to stay at a friend’s home instead of a hotel. Mike and Mary Ellen proved to be perfect hosts, giving us the big bedroom and making us feel so comfortable the entire length of our visit. I really wanted to repay them for their hospitability, so I chose the best way – cooking them a great dinner.

I was very happy to hear that Mike couldn’t really think of anything he didn’t like, and that he always looked forward to a good meal. As a person who loves to entertain and cook, it’s so gratifying to entertain folks who are really into enjoying the whole dining experience.

When I food shop I focus on meats that look fresh and appetizing. While shopping for this upcoming dinner, I spotted some veal shanks that looked particularly appealing, and I based my entire menu around them. I made meatballs with ground veal for appetizers, along with some fried eggplant and homemade spaghetti sauce. Mike and Mary Ellen seemed happy just with the appetizers! But when I served the Osso Buco, Mike went straight to Heaven. It turned out that I made his favorite dish. I would like to think I had ESP, but I just got lucky.

Osso Buco has a few steps that take some time in the preparation, but overall it is not a difficult recipe. The meat shrinks and falls apart in the slow cooking, so make more than less. I like to serve the Osso Buco with risotto and some green vegetables. The sauce from the Osso Buco is quite delicious. I brought some of it over to my son’s house the next day and I told my daughter-in-law to try it over pasta — she loved it.

I have to mention that if not for my Uncle Dom, I never would have prepared Osso Buco in the first place. It was a favorite of his. Needless to say, the first time I attempted to make it was for Uncle Dom. He really enjoyed that meal, and I was really happy to be able to give him something back for all that he had done for me and my family.

Preparing a fine meal for family or friends can be the best gift of all. Not only is it served with love, but you’ll retain the memory of it for a lifetime.

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4 thoughts on “OSSO BUCO

  1. i just wanna thank you for sharing your this information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article Ive ever seen i like it i learn something new today

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  2. Hi Mariann,

    Just looking at the pictures brought back all the enjoyment of the day Mike and I spent at your house. The Osso Buco was indeed amazing as was the appetizers of veal meatballs and fried eggplant with your incredible homemade spaghetti sauce. We were both in heaven!

    You could tell a lot of care and love went into that Sunday dinner. The company was wonderful too. You and Tom made us feel so welcome in your beautiful home which is filled with photos of family and friends and happy memories.

    Thank you for your continued friendship, the Osso Buco and for making a Sunday afternoon so special.

    Love, Mary Ellen & Mike

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