Prep 35 mins
Cook 7 hrs
Mike Roy was a chef who shared recipes on the radio and wrote cookbooks many years ago. This recipe comes from his cookbook of crockery cooking. This is a delicious dish, fit for company and is my most favorite thing to make in the crock pot. The meat becomes extremely tender and succulent. And be sure to spoon out the marrow from the bones!
- 3 veal shanks, cut in 3-inch pieces (see directions)
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup port wine
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 lemon, zest of, grated
- 3 anchovies (do not omit)
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup bouillon or 1 cup broth
- hot cooked noodles or rice, to serve 4 to 6 persons
- In this area you generally find veal shanks cut in slices approximately 1-1/2 inches thick. About 9 of these slices will fit in a 4-quart crockery cooker.
- Dredge these shank slices in flour. Heat 1 tablespoon each of oil and butter in a skillet and brown a few shanks at a time on all sides; do not crowd slices. Add additional oil and butter as needed throughout browning process. Do not omit this step of browning the shanks -- this develops a much better flavor for the osso buco dish.
- Remove shanks to crock pot as browning is completed. When all shanks are browned, pour remaining ingredients into the skillet and stir to blend and to loosen the browned bits that remain.
- Pour this mixture over the meat. Cover and cook 7 to 8 hours at LOW heat.
- Remove shanks from liquid, and, if the sauce is too thin, boil to reduce it. Or thicken it with a little roux (butter and flour mixed together). The anchovies will have melted into the sauce.
- Serve shanks on a bed of hot cooked noodles or rice topped with the sauce.
I was looking for an osso buco recipe that would taste similar to a dish I had at my favourite Italian restaurant. This comes very very close. The only difference is I used a bit less veal and added some whole cremini mushrooms so that it would be just like the restaurants. Served with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. This dish is very very rich! For special occasions only :D
This recipe was awesome. We lived in Italy for many years, I'm gonna tell you it's the real deal. I was hesitant to put in the anchovies, but he was right; they make the recipe. It was as good as any 5 star restaurant. I highly recommend this. It's easy and delicious.