Posted by: familiabencomo | Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nana’s Osso Buco

Mom had a dinner party last week & wanted me to post her delicious meal…. My pleasure! This looks like something we’d all enjoy here at Casa Bencomo (especially the high-octane Zin!).


Osso Buco

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup flour
4 each veal shanks, about 1 1/2-inches thick and each tied tightly around the middle
2 cups medium diced onions
1 cup medium diced carrots
1 cup medium diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 cup red wine
1 pound new potatoes, quartered and cooked until tender
2 quarts veal or dark stock
1/4 cup parsley

In a large stock pot or braising pot, add the olive oil. Season the veal shanks with salt and pepper.

Dredge the veal shanks in the seasoned flour, coating each side completely.

When the oil is hot, sear the shanks for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until very brown on all sides. Remove the shanks and set aside.

Add the onions to the pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and continue to saute for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, scrapping the bottom and sides to loosen the browned particles. Add the stock. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

Add the shanks and continue to cook for about 2 hours, basting the shanks often, or until the sauce is stew-like and the meat falls of the bone. Season with salt and pepper.

I sprinkle with chopped parsley and finely grated lemon peel. Serve with couscous—preferably saffron…yummy. And, of course, a luscious (high octane) Zinfandel.



  1. Do you believe I have never had Osso Buco? It sounds fantastic though, especially as you suggest, with a high octane zinfandel! It looks intimidating though…tell me, what was your impression? (or was it your host who made it?) Just curious.

  2. I have never had Osso Buco before and it looks and sounds (like everything else on here) absolutely delicious. The colors on that plate are gorgeous! Bravo, Nana!

  3. Very nice! 🙂

  4. Mom’s Osso Buco looks so delicious!! A beautiful presentation of a classic dish. Ask her if she would save the marrow for me! 😀 Your Mom sounds like a real sweetie!

  5. thanks to all…it really isn’t hard..if you’ve ever made beef stew, you can make Osso Buco..and Marie, you’d have to fight me for the marrow!!! What a delicacy…

  6. Ashamed to say….never eaten Osso Buco either….horrible! I know! This looks deeeelish!

  7. Wow, Mom! It looks like everyone likes your meal.

    Jessie – I’ve never made this myself, but Mom says it was easy….. translation: be prepared for a big mess! Just kidding! I wrote that for my mom’s benefit. She knows I’m nutso about keeping my kitchen tidy.

    Jane – try it! Your boys will love it.

    Maryann – Grazie, bella!

    Marie – Yes, Mom is a sweetie, yet holding on to that marrow.

    Mom – Great job! Start combing those recipes for your visit so that we can make a feast together (I’ll clean!).

    Chris – Try it! It’s so much fun to test new flavors – even better among friends.

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