From her paradigm-shifting new book, The Kitchen Ecosystem, Eugenia Bone shares a simple yet savory recipe that is sure to become a fall favorite.
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A note from author Eugenia Bone:
This is my father’s osso bucco recipe. Like all of his cooking, it is simple, honest, and savory. I always have leftover bones, some meat, and a bunch of vegetable remnants soaked in gelatin and fat. This makes an awesome base for a lentil, chickpea, or bean soup. Just add the beans and water and cook until the beans are tender. (Throw in any leftover mushrooms and the gremolada, too.) I’ve made this recipe with elk shanks, too. Awesome, though they need to cook a bit longer. You can use any cultivated mushrooms, or a combination, in this recipe, but I like oyster mushrooms and portobellos the best.
- 4 pieces veal shank, 1 ½ to 2 inches thick (about 2 pounds)
- Flour for dredging
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cups crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ pound mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons minced flat-leafed parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 400?F.
- Place about 1/2 cup of flour on a plate and dredge the veal.
- Heat the oil in a large oven-safe pot with a fitted lid (I use a 12-cup Le Crueset pot).
- Brown the veal shanks, about 5 minutes on one side, then add the garlic cloves.
- Brown the shanks for about 5 minutes on the other side, then add the onion, carrot, basil, salt and pepper to taste.
- Continue browning the shanks, cooking until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes more.
- Add the wine, lower the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, until the wine evaporates, then add the tomatoes and butter.
- Cover and simmer the osso bucco for a few minutes to meld the flavors, and then place the pot in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pot and add the mushrooms.
- Lower the heat to 350?F and return the pot to the oven.
- Cook for another 30 minutes until the shanks are meltingly tender.
- In the meantime, prepare the gremolada. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Remove the shanks and serve garnished with the gremolada.