Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Buco Osso


Cooking. . .
Saute-ing. . .
Searing the veal shanks.

And that is dinner, prepared in reverse.

Osso Buco with Toasted Pine Nut Gremolata
Adapted from this recipe, originally printed in Mario Batali's Babbo Cookbook.

For the osso buco
2 2-inch thick veal shanks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch-thick coins
1 small Spanish onion, diced
2 celery stalks, cut in 1/4-inch slices
Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups dry white wine

For the gremolata
Leaves from 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted at 400°F. for 2 minutes
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup freshly grated horseradish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Season the shanks all over with salt and pepper. In a heavy-bottomed, 6- to 8-quart casserole, heat the olive oil until smoking. Place the shanks in the pan and brown all over for 12 to 15 minutes, turning with long-handled tongs to sear every surface. Remove the shanks and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the carrot, onion, celery, and thyme, and cook, stirring regularly, until golden brown and slightly softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, chicken stock, and wine and bring to a boil. Return the shanks to the pan, making sure they are submerged at least halfway; if not, add more stock. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid of aluminum foil. Braise in the oven for 2 hours, then remove the cover and cook another 30 minutes, until the meat is nearly falling off the bone.

Just before the meat is done make the gremolata. In a small bowl, combine the parsley leaves, pine nuts, lemon zest, and horseradish and mix well by hand. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and set aside.

Remove the casserole from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before plating. Top each shanks with the gremolata and serve.

Serves: 2 slightly backwards people


muddywaters said...

In Kansas it's 31 degrees, perfect weather for Osso Bucco.

When I think of this dish, I always think of the poem "Osso Bucco" by Billy Collins. In the poem, he captures the satisfaction of being full after a good meal. The following line has always stuck with me:

"But tonight, the lion of contentment has placed a warm heavy paw on my chest . . ."

I love this image.

Take care,

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Sarah, great job on Mario's recipe. While I don't especially care for Mario's temperment, I do LOVE his cooking.

Grace said...

i wondered where you were going with that...very clever. :)

Foodycat said...

One of my all-time favourite dishes.

And muddywaters - thank you for the lion of contentment! I am going right now to look up that poem.

Alex Rushmer said...

Oh my goodness - osso bucco is wonderful. That little soft nugget of marrow in the centre of each piece of meat is so very good.