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Veal Shanks, Milan Style 

Updated February 23, 2016

Cookbook

1,000 Italian Recipes

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

In Milan, osso buco is a classic and beloved dish. Tender slices of braised veal shanks are served sprinkled with very finely chopped garlic, lemon zest, and anchovy to give a final lift to the sauce. Serve osso buco (literally, “bone with a hole”) with small spoons to scoop out the tasty bone marrow. Serious marrow lovers can find long thin marrow spoons to remove every last bit. Saffron Risotto is the perfect accompaniment.

Makes4 servings

Cooking Methodbraising

CostSplurge

Moderate

Total Timeunder 4 hours

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Mealdinner

Taste and Textureherby, meaty, savory, winey

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 (1½-inch-thick) meaty slices veal shank
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped fresh tomatoes or chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 anchovy fillets (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Instructions

Spread the flour on a piece of wax paper. Dredge the veal in the flour, shaking off the excess.

In a Dutch oven or other deep, heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add the veal and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Turn the slices over with tongs and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter the onion around the meat. Cook until the onion is tender and the meat is browned, about 10 minutes more.

Add the wine and cook, scraping up and blending in the browned bits at the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir in the tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to low and partially cover the pan.

Cook, basting the meat occasionally with the sauce, until the veal is tender and coming away from the bone when tested with a fork, 1½ to 2 hours. If there is too much liquid, remove the cover and allow it to evaporate.

About 5 minutes before serving, mix together the garlic, parsley, anchovy (if using), and the lemon zest. Stir the mixture into the sauce in the pan and baste the meat. Serve immediately.

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