Osso buco is translated from Italian as “bone with a hole.” (Thanks Wikipedia!) I call it delicious! I first had this dish when I was in New York and saw it on the menu. It sounded tasty and whoooo doggies it was! It wasn’t cheap, but it also wasn’t a small dish. My plate could’ve been enough for two people. Most osso buco are cooked with white wine and served with gremolata. Mine is made with marsala and tomatoes, no marsala. Also, mine doesn’t have any seasoning, ok, bay leaves. Sorry, I lied. Yes, bay leaves, but that’s it. Everything else is the natural flavors of the foods. And who doesn’t love natural? (Why yes, that’s my Texas Tech snuggie taking a peek. Yes, this is 10:30 at night and I’m watching a recorded Downton Abbey under my snuggie in the living room. Yes, this was 2nd dinner. )
1/3 cup flour (we used gluten free all-purpose flour)
salt ( a few tablespoons)
3 T unsalted butter
1 cup celery (finely chopped)
1 cup onion (finely chopped)
1 cup carrot (finely chopped)
3 or 4 cloves of garlic (sliced)
1/2 can of San Marzano tomatoes (I like that Cento brand)
1/2 tablespoon of Better than Bouillon (chicken or beef base, both are really good)
1 cup or so Marsala (yeah, I didn’t measure—you’ve never cooked with Marsala? That’s ok, it is a wine that you find near the Port wines. I don’t know if I’d drink it, but you could if you were desperate enough, I’m sure. It adds some great flavor, though. I use the Sperone Marsala brand that’s like $8 for a liter bottle)
Water (like a large glass or so, depends on how you like the sauce)
2-4 osso buco shanks
- In a bowl, combine your flour and salt, then dredge your shanks through the breading. Make sure all sides are generously coated.
- Tip: I like to add a bit of salt to the shanks directly before dredging through. Set aside.
- Tip: Feel free to take a generous swig of wine while cooking, maybe not your Marsala, but something else.
- Tip: Pour a generous glass of your wine you’ve been drinking and watch an episode of Downton Abbey or do a yoga for wine lovers workout.