Monday, August 30, 2010

Osso Buco and a bit of humor

We found some beautiful veal shanks at our local Montana grocer, Safeway, and put them into the freezer until a chilly day. Well, it was chilly enough today to make a fire in the fireplace, so we put together an Osso Buco from combined recipes from Bobby Flay, Giada, and Schnitzel and the Trout.

Osso Buco

2 tablespoons oil, and 3 pounds of veal shanks. Brown veal shanks in oil and remove from Dutch oven.

2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 5 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 sprigs parsley. Tie together in a bouquet garni.

Dice 4 small carrots, 2 stalks celery, 1 medium onion, 2 medium shallots and 2 cloves garlic. Brown in the same pot you browned the veal shanks. Soften 10 minutes.

Mix 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons tomato paste. Stir into the sauteed vegetables. Add 2 cups of red wine and reduce by half.

Add 3 1/2 cups beef stock and herbs and return browned veal shanks to casserole. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 hours on stove top.

We topped it with cooked penne pasta and shaved parmesan and the additional of a gremolata of lemon zest, parsley and garlic.

We thoroughly enjoyed this and Kippy moaned through the whole dinner. The smell was rather good. So......

What could be better than Eukanuba, carrots, bone marrow with parsley, broth, and a few drops of the fantastic Chateau Michelle, Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot. The wine was great and Kippy has always favored drops of red wine. After 15 years, she knows us well.


  1. Isn't that contributing to the delinquency of a canine? Just askin' :-).
    Your dinner sounds fabulous. Enjoy the evening. Blessings...Mary

  2. Yum, that looks delicious. Kippy is one lucky girl. But then, she probably knows that.

  3. While I love summer grilling, I also look forward to my braised meats.
    Love Osso bucco! Great job!

  4. good one mary...=o)

  5. I love heartier dishes as the weather cools down. This looks so delicious, Susan. Veal isn't carried in any of our local markets, not even Whole Foods. And no special orders either.

  6. I cooked up some lamb shanks a while back - a great and comforting meal. And why shouldn't Kippy eat as well as the rest of us :) Cute!

  7. I just love Osso Buco, must keep this recipe for the cold weather; true comfort food.

  8. We love Osso Buco, but veal shanks are hard to come by up here in the mountains. I'll save your recipe for winter when we're in Florida.

    Chateau Michelle is one of our favorites also. Lucky Kippy to get a splash.

  9. I scrolled through your pictures before I actually read the entry. When I came to the Kippy food it made me look twice and wonder what in the world your new cuisine was!! A relief to know it was for Kippy and that you weren't trying to feed the Trout those little round kernels. Good one!!

  10. Lovely recipe! Kippy looks adorable - we have African Ridgebacks and Jasper is about 10 times her size. If he got under the table he would lift it off its legs!

  11. Susan, what a great meal! Love osso buco! Kippy is one lucky doggie and I'm sure she sleeps well at night!