In this installment of Urban Cookery, I am sharing probably one of my favorite meals to eat and cook: Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shank). This is a classic meal, perfected by my dad, who then passed down his recipe to me.....and of course I had to make my own alterations to it because I refuse to follow directions and I like to experiment! The first time I made this dish was when Justin (my husband) and I were dating - we decided to cook it together, reading my dad's very detailed recipe except for one MINOR detail.....where my dad wrote "1 large garlic clove" Justin and used 1 large head of garlic....as in an entire bulb of garlic.....so now the big joke is that:
a) I can't read and
b) 1 clove does not equal 1 bulb.
So now that we got my first major cooking blunder out of the way, I will share with you this awesomely impressive meal that's actually super easy to make. It's best served with potato gnocchi, which you can find my recipe for here
. I also like to serve it with a simple vegetable like steamed broccoli. When buying your veal shanks, you can usually assume that you're going to be making 2 shanks per person, but tonight I made 1 per person because each shank was 1 pound in weight....this is not a cheap meal, unfortunately (Veal Shanks usually cost about $15-$17 a pound) but is worth it for special occasions.....or for random Tuesday nights like I did tonight!
Braised Osso Buco
Slow Braised Veal Osso Buco in a delicious sauce