Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Osso Buco - say THAT 3 times fast!
Osso Buco means bone with a hole. Traditionally, it is a hearty Italian dish of braised veal shanks. A wonderful comfort food dish with it's rich red sauce full of cooked celery, carrots, and onions, the aromas perfect for a cool Autumn day. Other meats could be used in place of the veal - pork shanks or beef shanks would work just as well and a bit more economical. The tender veal though literally fell off the bone as I was plating the entree for dinner. No knife was needed to cut the meat either.
I did add entire can (the small ones) of tomato paste to the dish instead of what the recipe suggests. And I did not make the herb bouquet or tied the Osso Buco with twine. Instead, I added the herbs into the sauce. I did brown the meat and put on simmer low for about 2 1/2 hours. One of those dishes that you can cook (brown) at 3 and then just let simmer till dinner time. No fussing or flipping required. Perfect for company coming and not wanting to wait till the last minute to time all the dishes to end together.
Posted by Emily aka Cook for 6 at 8:16 PM