This recipe is a traditional but simple way of cooking Osso Buco (veal shanks). The white wine is a must in this dish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Gremolata:

Directions

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  • Dust the veal shanks lightly with flour. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the veal, and cook until browned on the outside. Remove to a bowl, and keep warm. Add two cloves of crushed garlic and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until onion is tender. Return the veal to the pan and mix in the carrot and wine. Simmer for 10 minutes.

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  • Pour in the tomatoes and beef stock, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, basting the veal every 15 minutes or so. The meat should be tender, but not falling off the bone.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the parsley, 1 clove of garlic and lemon zest. Sprinkle the gremolata over the veal just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

478 calories; protein 46.9g 94% DV; carbohydrates 17.6g 6% DV; fat 19.8g 31% DV; cholesterol 200.6mg 67% DV; sodium 467mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2008
I tried this recipe as written the first time and I have to admit it was very good, however when I mentioned it to a friend of Italian ancestry he suggested instead of butter, I brown the shanks in pancetta fat. I chopped up about a 1/4 lb. of pancetta, fried it, removed it from the pan, drained off all but about 2 tbls of the fat and browned the shanks. I removed the shanks and used the same fat to saute the onions, added the wine and deglazed the pan. I added the previously fried pancetta with the other ingredients. I know it's not as healthy but it was absolutely delicious. The one thing he told me was, do not subsitute bacon, it has to be pancetta. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2013
I must be in the minority after looking at the ratings for this dish.... I usually love Osso Bucco but after making this 2x it has a very different flavor that I just didn't care for. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2008
I tried this recipe as written the first time and I have to admit it was very good, however when I mentioned it to a friend of Italian ancestry he suggested instead of butter, I brown the shanks in pancetta fat. I chopped up about a 1/4 lb. of pancetta, fried it, removed it from the pan, drained off all but about 2 tbls of the fat and browned the shanks. I removed the shanks and used the same fat to saute the onions, added the wine and deglazed the pan. I added the previously fried pancetta with the other ingredients. I know it's not as healthy but it was absolutely delicious. The one thing he told me was, do not subsitute bacon, it has to be pancetta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2005
This has to be one of the best osso i have eaten, even better than some that I have had at Italian restaurants. I made it exactly as the recipe describes for a family dinner and everyone wanted the recipe. I have tried others out there but none as delicious as this. Hmmm I have to admit the meat basically melts in your mouth. This definitly will become a family favourite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2006
An excellent recipe by itself. Like others, I doctored a bit with some herbs like bay leaf and herbs d'province. The best advice I can offer to really enhance the flavors is to prepare this a day ahead of time, let it cool slowly, refrigerate overnight and warm at 325 for an hour, tightly sealed. This always works for me with dishes that include bone with marrow Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2006
This recipe is so good and so easy you are crazy not to make this! I had to substitute red wine but still excellent. I have made this dish several ways but this recipe is a combination of all the best attributes of the others. Good with rissoto or pasta! Just tell your butcher that you want a veal shank prepped for osso buco. You will probably get three pieces from a shank. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2013
I must be in the minority after looking at the ratings for this dish.... I usually love Osso Bucco but after making this 2x it has a very different flavor that I just didn't care for. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
I loved this recipe but I browned the shanks on both sides in a skillet then transferred them to a crockpot and cooked them for @ 8 hrs. it was so tender!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
What a tasty dish!!! The white wine is definately key and as advised I added (3 tbs) Italian herbs. I also decided to add (for 6) half a small can of tomatoe paste for the tomatoe sauce effect. The advise of cooking ahead and letting it set for a day is also a good idea. As Italian red sauces always taste better the next day. Note: I am in Europe and had a hard time finding the specified veal chop and I ended up with a cut that was more intended for stew. But even though the result was a stew it was abasolutley delicious. I cant wait to make it again with or without the chops! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2008
This is a very good recipe. The only problem is that it isn't actually a "Traditional" ossobuco. The Italians weren't introduced to tomatoes until after this recipe had been invented. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2007
AMAZING recipe that any Italian will be proud to serve! I even used the wrong cut of meat (could only find boneless veal meant for stew) but it did not affect how fast this meal was devoured. Just make sure that the cut is fatty or you will loose the flavor. I doubled the garlic, added one can small can of tomatoe puree and 4 tbs of Italian Seasoning Mix to suit my tastes and served with penne pasta. I cant wait to make this again, it was that good. Yum:) Read More
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