Osso Buco

To quote Bob Wiley in “What About Bob?”: “It’s so simple, yet so brilliant!”  I had this dish on my mind for a long time, and Valentine’s Day seemed like a great time to enjoy it once again.  Once upon a time a Valentine dinner was a grownup affair, but now the girls are old enough to be invited as well.  Their palates have matured, and this Osso Buco was met with a rousing chorus of “Yum!”.  As a Dad, I can’t imagine a better compliment.  We enjoyed it with a bottle of wine purchased for a special occasion, a bottle of 2006 Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Le Vieux Donjon. The meal, the wine and the evening were equally incredible.


  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 (10 oz.) veal shanks (1-1/2 inches thick)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup minced carrot
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (14-1/2 oz.) can plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh rosemary (optional)


Combine first  3 ingredients in a shallow dish; stir well.  Dredge veal in flour mixture.

Heat oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add veal, and cook 2-1/2 minutes on each side or until browned.  Remove from pan; set aside.

Reduce heat to medium; add carrot and next 4 ingredients, cook for five minutes, stirring frequently to deglaze pan.  Return veal to pan; add tomatoes and next three ingredients.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for two hours or until veal is tender; discard bay leaf.  Garnish with rosemary if desired.  Serve sauce with veal.


3 Responses to Osso Buco

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  2. Cathy says:

    You did a wonderful job preparing it. It was so tasty!

  3. Peggy says:

    Wow, even the girls liked it? Lamb is an acquired taste, so I’m a little surprised. As for the dish, do you watch the TV show Gary, Unmarried? Last month there was an episode on Osso Buco. Pretty funny. This made me think of that.

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