Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chef Chuck's Beef Osso Buco

Osso Buco

A heart warming dinner for two, beef osso buco, is awakening all our senses. Served over creamy mash potatoes the beef, vegetables and gravy are so rich with a beefy flavor. Traditionally made with veal and white wine, I prefer preparing this dish with beef and red wine. A wonderful Milanese dish, that I love to prepare on these chilly evenings.

Beef Osso Buco

2 beef shanks, 1 pound
1/4 cup flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine, Chianti
2 cups beef broth
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

Bring beef shanks to room temperature, wash and pat dry. Dredge in flour, shake off excess. In a large pot heat olive oil and brown shanks on both sides. Remove and set aside. Add vegetables and saute on medium for about 5 minutes, add garlic. Cook tomato paste for 2 minutes, stirring. Pour in wine and simmer a minute or two to deglaze and reduce, then add beef shanks, broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer on low with lid on for 2 hours. Serves two.


  1. You know, I think you have the right idea with the beef and red wine. I always think there is a depth missing when I do the veal shanks and white wine. I had this once in a restaurant and the buttery texture paired with the rich flavor just puts it over the top. Awesome post, my friend. Happiest Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Hi Bridgett! I agree, the red wine gives that beef a beefier flavor! "Happy Thanksgiving" to you and your family. :)

  3. This looks like one of those comfort dishes you eat all through winter!! most almost every week it looks soo good!

  4. Hello Ash! ~Hope all is well~
    It is so flavorful,and hardy!
    I am sure you would enjoy, Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you :)

  5. There is an Italian restaurant near my home, graciously called DI Vino (it is also a wine bar of Italian varieties...) Whenever I go, since it is never too warm here in Paris, I always order ossobuco milanese, with gremolata of course!! I think they see me entering, and the cook begins to prepare the rice....
    I haven't made it at home, for a while...We are under the now I want to see ossobuco!! I 'll try your recipe!
    Happy Christmas, Chuck!

  6. Hi Cristina,I love when recipes stir up good memories and taste! This I agree the cold snow and the warmth of "Osso Buco". Right on!!
    Keep warm my friend! Merry Christmas!
    All the best, Chuck ;)

  7. even here on a tropical island: I will try it tonight but instead of mash potatoes, I'll serve handmade Spaetzle! I'm sure of the success!!

  8. Hello Ralph, I am sure you will enjoy! Thank you :)