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Beef Osso Bucco

Treat holiday guests to elegant comfort food at its best. Our osso bucco beef boasts a thick, savory sauce complemented by the addition of gremolata, a chopped herb condiment made of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 beef shanks (14 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine or beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • GREMOLATA:
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Polenta,optional

Directions

  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef in butter and oil. Transfer meat and drippings to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan; pour over meat. Add the tomatoes, broth, carrots, onion, celery, thyme, oregano, bay leaves and remaining salt.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.
  • Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer juices to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • In a small bowl, combine the gremolata ingredients. Serve beef with gremolata and sauce. If desired serve over polenta.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Pair with French bread or serve it over polenta, mashed potatoes or pasta.
  • This dish reheats well, so you can make ahead.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 shank with 1 cup sauce and 4 teaspoons gremolata: 398 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 47g protein.

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    • Stephanie
      Jun 11, 2020

      This is REALLY good! Especially served over parmesan polenta. I wasn't able to make the gremolata, but it was still amazing. I need to point out a HUGE typo in the recipe though. The ingredients call for 6 beef shanks at 14 ounces EACH! But the recipe says it serves 6 and has the calories at 398 per serving. But 14 ounces of beef shank is 855 calories for just the meat. I believe it's suppose to be 6 beef shanks 4 ounces each. I used a small chuck roast cut into chunks and it worked beautifully! Will definitely make again.