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Osso Bucco – on a shoe string!!!

Posted on June 22, 2009 by in beef

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Osso Bucco is traditionally made with veal, but at the moment veal is very pricey and not that readily available around here!! Osso Bucco means ” bone with a hole”(osso=bone and buco=hole) and refers to the veal shank bones with the marrow inside.
The marrow is enjoyed on a chunk of ciabatta on the side. After reading about this in a local magazine, Fresh Living, I decided to use another bone with a hole, as in beef shin! I knew that the meat would not be as tender as veal, but I had the stew in the oven for a couple of hours so the end result was not at all bad, in fact it was superb and at a fraction of the cost ……a winner in my book!!!

The tomato version is the most popular of these easy Italian recipes, but it can also be made with cinnamon, all spice and a bay leaf and then it is referred to as in bianco!

Osso Bucco


2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions – chopped
2 carrots-chopped into cubes
4 cloves garlic – chopped

1 kg beef shin – with the bone
1/2 cup flour for dredging
salt and pepper
2tbs olive oil
1x 810gr whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup white wine
2 cups beef stock
1 bay leaf


Heat a cast iron pot(with a lid) on the stove and add the oil, butter, onion, carrots and garlic. Saute until the onions and carrots are translucent and soft. Place the the flour, salt and pepper into a Ziploc bag and dredge the meat, by shaking the bag. In a separate pan, heat some olive oil and brown the pieces of meat. Now, place the chunks of meat on top of the onions and carrots and then add all the other ingredients. Close the lid of the cast iron pot and place the pot in a pre-heated oven for 2-3 hours. The tomatoes, stock and wine, will reduce to the most delicious and fragrant sauce that you can imagine. Finish this dish of by sprinkling the cremolata over the top. Serve with chunks of bread of a dollop of mashed potatoes.


6 cloves of garlic
zest of 2 lemons
Flat leave parsley

Chop ingredients for the gremolata and mix. Sprinkle over the cooked dish, just before presentation at the table!

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23 Responses to “Osso Bucco – on a shoe string!!!”

  1. Emily 22 June 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    I've never had osso bucco, but I've always wanted to try it. I will have to since you gave it rave reviews.

  2. mycookinghut 22 June 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    I have never tried this! It looks really good, can I have a bit, please?

  3. Lori Lynn 22 June 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Hi Nina! I am so excited to see your Osso Bucco! We made it for dinner last night too. And you are so right, the veal was astronomically expensive, I spent $95 US on the meat alone. It did turn out wonderful, but I think I will try your idea next time. We used Mario Batali's recipe, and thought it rocked.
    Your photo is amazing too!
    Lori Lynn

  4. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 22 June 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Oh wow, Nina! That looks so very very delicious!

  5. Juno 22 June 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Oh, this looks so delicious. Lovely pic too. I am going to make this for dinner tomorrow night…

  6. Cynthia 23 June 2009 at 1:30 am #

    I had no idea that's what osso bucco meant. And you're right about the veal. I feel like I can never make this at home because it's not at all economical. But you've given me the green light to use beef! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Bellini Valli 23 June 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Delicious on all accounts Nina:D

  8. That Girl 23 June 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    I don't know how expensive pork is by you, but one of the best "oso buccos" I have ever had was a pork osso bucco.

  9. elly 24 June 2009 at 1:56 am #

    Osso bucco is one of my favorite dishes, whether it's made with veal or beef. Your version looks amazing. Comfort food, for sure!

  10. Helene 24 June 2009 at 6:52 am #

    It's expensive but it looks so good. Love the way you did your plates.

  11. Junglefrog 24 June 2009 at 8:57 am #

    I've never had ossobuco so have nothing to compair it with but your solution sounds absolutely great! Good thinking too and by the look of the pics it must have been lovely.

  12. emiglia 24 June 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Wow… great idea for a cheaper version of osso bucco… sounds great!

  13. Juliana 26 June 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I never tried to make osso bucco at home…the one that you feature looks delicious…yummie! Like the pictures as well.

  14. tobias cooks! 27 June 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    I love this recipe. It is simple and so tasty.

  15. Dragon 28 June 2009 at 6:38 am #

    Your photos are literally making my mouth water. Wow!

  16. Peter M 29 June 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Nina, from the dishes you've been cooking – I can fathom the weather there is getting cooler and cooler.

    Osso buco is a fab comfort food and braised dishes are great ways to eat on the cheap.

  17. Proud Italian Cook 1 July 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Nina, I want this now! It looks so good. Hope you're staying warm and all is well!
    xox, marie

  18. Jeanne 4 August 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Clever substitution! Growing up, my dad's favourite dish was ossobucco – La Fontaine restaurant in PE (rememebr that?!) used to phone him specially when they got veal in and were going to put it ossobucco on the menu 😉

  19. Bianca 21 March 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Looks really gorgeous!

  20. Sheena Mathew 7 May 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Ah thanks Nina, for the recipe! I have never prepared Osso Buco, I will have to try your recipe! Regards Sheena.

  21. Tracy 2 June 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Oven preheated to…?

    • nerinatimm 3 June 2013 at 7:44 am #

      Always 180 C in this house!!

  22. Herman Kern 13 November 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Did the beef shin job a few times but being a hunter I gave the bluewildebeast/kudu shins a try and it proved to be a winner amongst my friends.

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