Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce

Well, we had a very light amount of snow this weekend. I knew it would be underwhelming. It was pretty at first, but now everything is just a bunch of gray slush, which is slightly annoying, but thankfully the weather didn’t stop the trains from running, which is always a good thing. Due to the lack of a snow storm, Kramer and I were able to wander about town all weekend. On Friday night, we went out to dinner for another fun Restaurant Week meal with an old friend of mine, Emily. Emily and I went to preschool together in Palatine, Illinois, and despite not having gone to the same elementary school, lived very close to one another and were always at each other’s houses. My family moved to Southern California when I was about 11, and hers moved to Maryland a short time after, but we were able to keep in touch sporadically throughout the years. However, with the advent of Facebook and all that the Internet has to offer, we’ve been able to get together again because she moved to New York last summer. It’s funny how things work out that way, isn’t it? Anyway, it’s so great to be able to hang out with her again after all these years. We went to Aureole, which was phenomenal. They had veal cheeks on the menu, and as various cuts of offal are usually the way to my heart, I was quite happy. On Saturday, we went to a movie with our friend Morgan (who has a fantastic web series up right now; if you look closely, you’ll see Kramer and I in the background of many an episode, specifically episode one) and Kramer’s sister Rachel, who we hadn’t seen in almost a month because she was back home in Phoenix for her winter break. We saw Carnage, which was, without a doubt, the funniest, most well done movie I have seen in a long, long time. If you haven’t heard of it, do yourself a favor and watch the trailer, then immediately go to whatever independent theater near you that is playing it and see it!

Now, on to the good stuff. I had never made osso buco before, but it was on sale at the store, so I figured, why not give it a try? The best part of osso buco is, without a doubt, the incredibly succulent tablespoon or two of bone marrow (be still, my beating heart). Osso buco actually means “bone with a hole in it”, believe it or not. I decided to coat the shanks in dijon mustard (I put mustard on almost everything), then dredge them in flour, and sear them quickly in, yes, duck fat. I kept all of the duck fat from when I made a roasted duck a few months ago, and I had the foresight to freeze it for future use. I can’t say for certain, because this is my first time making osso buco, but that duck fat really made this dish something special. It helped put a nice, browned crust on all sides of the shanks, before I made a sauce with shallots, garlic, carrots, curry paste (trust me on this one), red wine, and beef stock. After braising slowly in the oven for just over 2 hours, the meat was simply falling off the bone, just begging to be eaten with some crusty bread. I do have to say that this is my new favorite dish. If I am ever cooking for a special occasion in the future, this is, without a doubt, the dish that I will be making. Kramer and I couldn’t believe how delicious this was, and we had to stop ourselves from eating two shanks each so that we could have it for dinner again the next night (and might I say, this was even tastier after 24 hours in the fridge). Osso buco is not a fancy dish that takes a lot of time or skill, so I really hope you pick some up next time you see them on sale at the store – your taste buds will thank you a thousand times over.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
This is a view out our window from Saturday morning. Snow always looks pretty (at first).

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce

Mince your garlic, shallots, and carrots, and tie your shanks tightly with one or two loops of twine, to keep them together as they braise.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Rub your tied shanks with salt and pepper.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Then rub them in dijon mustard, dredge in flour, and shake off any excess.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Now, I was lucky enough to have some leftover duck fat in my fridge, so I used that for the ultimate indulgence. However, you can absolutely use butter in its place. Melt whatever fat you are using over high heat.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Brown the shanks on all sides, for about 4 minutes per side.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
You want them to have a nice, golden crust, then remove them from the pan and set them on a plate.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
You should have lots of browned bits stuck to the bottom of your pan. This is a good thing!

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Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce

Add a bit more duck fat or butter if you need to, then reduce the heat to medium-high. Add in your shallots and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened, then add in your garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in your curry paste and caraway seeds, stir to combine, then add in your red wine and beef stock. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and bring to a boil.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Add your veal to your pan, along with your fresh herbs. Use a spoon to pour some of the wine and stock over your shanks, then cover, and place in a 325 degree F oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is falling off the bone.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Remove the osso buco from the oven and allow to rest with the lid on for 5 minutes.

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
Don’t forget to serve it with plenty of crusty bread for sopping up the delicious sauce and bone marrow!

Osso Buco in a Red Wine Sauce
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Serves: 4
  • 4 cuts of veal shanks
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons duck fat (or butter)
  • 2 shallots, finely minced
  • 1 carrots, finely minced
  • 12 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (you can use tomato paste in its place, but the curry paste definitely elevates the dish)
  • ⅛ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup good red wine (do not use Two Buck Chuck for this, people)
  • 2½ cups beef stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or any other fresh herbs you have - rosemary would work well, too)
  • crusty bread, for serving
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Dry the meat with paper towels, then tie each shank with twine once around, if you have it (it will help to keep them from falling apart, as they become very tender when fully cooked - if you don't have twine, it'll be fine, but they will probably fall apart a bit - they will still be delicious). Rub the meat with salt and pepper, then with the dijon mustard. Dredge the meat in flour, and set aside.
  2. Add your duck fat (or butter) to your pan over medium-high heat. Place your veal in the pan and sear on all sides for about 4 minutes, until well browned. Transfer the browned meat to a plate and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add another tablespoon of duck fat or butter. Add in the shallots and carrots and stir for 5 minutes over medium heat, until softened, then add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add in the curry paste, then the wine and stock and scrape up any browned bits. Place the meat back in the pan, along with the sprigs of thyme. Place a lid on the pan and place in a 325 degree F oven for 2 to 2½ hours, until tender. Serve alongside some crusty bread and be sure to scrape out all of the bone marrow!


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  2. Anthony says:

    Oh, this looks glorious. I’ve never seen veal shanks for sale anywhere near me, but I’m saving this for when I finally run across them. What kind of side dish did you have with it?

    • Sydney says:

      I know that we should eat vegetables buuuuuut we just ate it with a lot of bread. A lot lot lot of bread > : )

    • jennifer says:

      Use beef shanks instead – they’re cheaper and available at most Grocers, including Walmart. Keep in mind, traditional veal Osso Buco is made with white wine and chicken (or veal) stock so as not to overpower the delicate flavor of the veal. Beef Osso Buco can stand up to red wine and beef stock.

  3. Deanna B says:

    I looked at the first picture and thought “yum….bone marrow.” I had to read a little bit before I realized it wasn’t a post about the best thing to spread on bread. I’m kind of jealous, but I have big plans for some bone marrow soon. Next time you make it, make some gremolata to go with it. Its especially killer on the bread with the marrow.

  4. Rhonda says:

    you made something really intimidating to me look pretty attainable, thanks!

  5. Tracy A. says:

    I must say that this looks just delicious! I think that it could be the perfect entree for my cooking group!

  6. Ben says:

    i lurve braising season. haven’t been to aureole in ages though. just too many great places to try!

  7. Rachael says:

    DELICIOUS. Although I don’t eat veal, one of my favorite dishes is oxtail osso buco served at a local restaurant. I’d like to try this recipe with the oxtail ~ see if it could work (don’t see why not!)

  8. Mary says:

    How did you reheat this the next night? Whenever I roast meats like this the microwave never seems to do it justice.

  9. Penny says:

    Very keen to try this. Could you do the gemolata with the same recipe? I like the idea of the red wine. Thank you

  10. Wes Proffer says:

    I made this once for my family. Since I made it, I have been asked to make it for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner for my wife’s family as well. I served it over a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, and topped with about 2 tbsp of garlic/tamarind sweet potatoes. I served it with asparagus spears and crusty french bread. EXCELLENT recipe!!!

  11. Mike says:

    Looks Awesome!! Can’t wait to try it. Two questions 1) can it be done with Pork and 2) cooking for 9 people, can I bring it all the way up to the braising point in an enamel dutch oven and then throw it all in a Hotel Pan covered in foil for the oven/braising part? Also, a good creamy Risotto may make a good bed to serve this over.

    • Sydney says:

      It really depends on what kind of pork. A shoulder, yes (although it’ll probably take longer) – a tenderloin, absolutely not (not enough fat). You can definitely braise and then put in a hotel pan, though!

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