Osso Buco #2

The marrow is the best part

I made Osso Buco for the first time about a month ago, and decided some changes were in order to the recipe. This time around I used veal shanks instead of ox tail and the result was a vast improvement. I also decided to serve it over Cannellini beans and ditched the gremolata, to see how it tasted on its own. Try and pick shanks that have smaller bones and more meat. This will reduce the amount of marrow you are able to eat, but insures the marrow inside will almost liquefy. One other change I made, I reduced the amount of hot water to two cups when soaking the dried porcini mushrooms. We both loved this recipe and will make it this way in the future.

Osso Buco

  • 4 veal shanks
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 carrots diced fine
  • 3 celery ribs diced fine
  • 1 red onion diced fine
  • 24 ounce can tomatoes crushed
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 tbsp basil

Soak mushrooms in 2 cups boiling water. Let stand for 20 minutes then squeeze and dice fine, reserving all liquid. Tie the meat around the shanks with kitchen string and dust with flour salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and brown shanks over medium heat. Heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil in a large stock pot and saute onion, celery and carrot until softened, about 4 minutes. Add shanks to pot and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle wine into pot and deglaze pan. When wine has evaporated add tomatoes. After tomatoes have been partially absorbed add stock, porcinis and their liquid, and basil. Shanks should be covered in liquid, if not add water. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to simmer. Cover partially and cook stirring occasionally until done, about 1 1/2 hours.

Cannellini Beans

  •  3 cups dried Cannellini beans
  • 3 tbsp chopped sage leaves
  • 5 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • Olive oil

Rinse and soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain beans cover in fresh water and bring to a boil. Add sage and garlic and cook over medium heat until done, about45 minutes. Drain beans reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. In a large bowl mix beans, olive oil and cooking liquid to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Serve Osso Buco over a heaping spoonful of beans covered in sauce.

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40 Responses to Osso Buco #2

  1. JamieAnne says:

    Looks great! I like the use of veal and the “fancy” white kidney beans. :)

  2. ChefMom says:

    You guys available to come by and cook us dinner this week? LOL. This looks amazing! I think I would prefer veal shanks to ox tail as well. I’ve never had Osso Buco before, but seeing it and reading about it has certainly caught my attention.

  3. That looks really good Rufus. Thanks for the inspiration, I haven’t made osso buco for a long time.

  4. Wow, you’re really outdoing yourself on your blog this month. It’s one wonderful recipe after another and I am definitely enjoying it :)

  5. Great changes to the recipe and I love that you served this on cannellini beans. :-) Mandy

  6. I was impressed with the first recipe..now I’m even more impressed!great job taking this to the next level

  7. I’ll have to try this recipe your version sounds similar to how I cook this. I am more of a tomato, carrot, celery onion based person. Germolata is good but I think it tastes better without it too! I love cannellini beans, good choice!

  8. fatisrecipes says:

    I think I can munch on something like this. I don’t know why I just can’t get the idea of tail around my head… >_<

  9. rsmacaalay says:

    I love marrow! We have several dishes that uses beef marrow and I love them all. Its a bit unhealthy but I dont care :) as long as it taste good, just take in moderation and enjoy life. Love both of your recipes but this is what you can call the authentic one as osso buco means “bone with a hole”

  10. looks so delicious! My grandmother use to make it with veal also.

  11. Right, I´m off to visit my “Zia” in Roma – this is how she makes it and I´ve come over all nostalgic. Love the idea of serving it with cannellini beans. And you´re right, the marrow is the very best bit!

  12. SimpleP says:

    Beautiful dish. Way to improvise. I confess, I had to look up gremolata. Feel like I’ve learned something new.

  13. Feeding Time says:

    I adore Osso Buco, and this looks really great. But I like the look of the beans even more!

  14. Aarthi says:

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  15. Nice modifications! Still a little wary about the whole marrow thing, but I’ll give it a shot because your photo look delicious.

  16. Jessica says:

    Okay this is one I must write down in my book or favorite on the computer because it is a dish my husband has always wanted me to make but one I didn’t know really how to attempt or do. So going to use your recipe- your osso buco looks to delicious to pass up

  17. Linda says:

    Ah, I see you both are perfectionists! I too will make a dish that others will love and I will just not be 100% satisfied, so I’m quick to adjust and modify until I’M satisfied!! I like your using the bed of cannellini beans. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to mushrooms, but this looks absolutely succulent!!

  18. Awww…although this is about veal, you reminded me of my dad who thought the marrow was the best part of the beef steak. He absolutely relished spreading it on a choice cracker. : )

  19. That looks fantastic! My dad’s favorite dish is osso buco so I will have to make this for him sometime. Love the addition of the porcinis.

  20. That’s awesome that you were able to fix your other recipe and now have elevated it to your standards. Looks delish and I can’t wait to give it a go.

  21. Caroline says:

    Not sure if I’d be brave enough to eat this, as I’m a verrry picky eater. But, your photo makes me want to gobble it all up!

  22. ChgoJohn says:

    WOW! I would never have thought to serve this with Cannellini beans. I usually default to buttered noodles or polenta — well, not anymore.

  23. sallybr says:

    I love, love, LOVE ossobuco, and like the fact you served it with Cannellini beans, very nice idea, I usually go for mashed potatoes, or risotto, or some other “light” concoction… :-)

    beautiful picture, it made me salivate (literally)

  24. TasteFood says:

    Great recipe – I am all for tweaking to suit our tastes. The cannellini beans are a perfect accompaniment.

  25. foodtable says:

    Wow, very impressed with your skills! Love the cannellini beans and the porcini mushrooms, too.

  26. Ben says:

    I’ve never heard of this dish before but I want two servings please! :D It sounds really good.

  27. Liz says:

    Definitely veal shanks. I tried ox tail and will never try them again. I just can’t acquire a taste for them. Your osso buco looks fantastic! Love the cannellini bean idea.

  28. Such a great picture of the osso buco. It really jumps out at you :-)

  29. Dom_Red says:

    Wow! Looks soooo delicious!

  30. saminacooks says:

    YUM! I really want to try my hand at ossco buco. I love the addition of Cannellini beans. They are one of my favorites :)

  31. Maureen says:

    I watched this being cooked on one of the cooking shows last week and thought, “I wonder if I could be successful with this one?”

    If you’re brave enough to try it, so am I! Your food looks divine!!

  32. charlywalker says:

    First:
    Take one part Rufus and place him in my kitchen.
    Add his talent in cooking for my family.
    Watch Charlywalker Rise to a Plump menopausal woman….

    This is my Husbands favorite dish…I am scared to attempt it..I am going to cut and paste
    the the pic’s to his plate and use a scratch -n-sniff additive….
    Love this!

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