Sunday, October 10, 2010

Osso Bucco Island Style

SCORE! A local grocery store randomly has lamb and occasionally veal. When passing through the meat department Friday I spied both ground lamb and osso buco (veal shanks) they were cut in smaller pieces than I usually like, but this is the first time in two years I have spied them in our stores... so I grabbed them. Here is how I prepared them with inspiration from Rick Tramanto, Paul Bertoli, Lidya Bastianch and Mark Bittman.

Osso Buco


Four 12-ounce veal shanks
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
8 garlic cloves, sliced
3 anchovies in olive oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
4 cups veal stock or chicken stock
3 cups canned plum tomatoes, drained and crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf 
2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish (see Note)
2 cloves of garlic finely minced
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Lay the veal shanks in a shallow baking pan and sprinkle liberally on both sides with salt. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Rinse the veal shanks of their salt and pat dry with paper towels. Wrap each veal shank once around the circumference so that it holds the bone and meat together in the center. Tie the twine with a good knot. 
Season the veal shanks with pepper.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
4. Heat a large, ovenproof casserole over high heat. Put the oil into the casserole and let it heat.
5. Meanwhile, put the flour in a shallow bowl, dredge the veal shanks in it, and pat off the excess. Brown the veal shanks in the hot oil for about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. If the oil turns dark during the process, discard it and heat a fresh cup of oil.

6. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the wine, bring to a boil, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until reduced by half.
7. Add the stock, tomato paste, tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf to the pan. Return the veal shanks to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the liquid boils, cover, transfer to the oven, and cook for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is fork tender and falling off the bones.
8. Remove the herbs from the braising liquid and discard. Let the veal shanks come to room temperature in the braising liquid. Remove the veal shanks and set aside. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve or chinois into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced by a quarter. Using a skimmer or large spoon, skim off any grease or foam that rises to the surface. Return the strained vegetables to the liquid and taste for seasoning.
9. To serve, cut and discard the twine, put a single osso buco (veal shank) in a bowl, and ladle about 3/4 cup of the sauce and vegetables over it. (If the sauce and the meat are not still warm, heat them together very gently over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.)
10. Combine the lemon zest, horseradish, garlic and parsley to make a gremolada. Add salt and pepper to  taste. Garnish each osso buco with the gremolada. 

Note: If you cannot find fresh horseradish, you can use prepared. It will taste stronger, so it’s a good idea to wrap the horseradish in a double thickness of cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess liquid.


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Chef Thomas Minchella said...

Osso Bucco is my favorite dish in the world. My first taste of this tender slow cooked meat was when I was young and working at Brunner's Landmark!
(and I did steal the recipe).