• 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 veal shanks
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 leek chopped finely
  • 1 piece of celery chopped finely
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbl basil chopped
  • 3 tbl parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup stock (chicken or veg)
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • half a lemon zested

one of my favs, and yet another dish i have never made.

you might be asking yourself (or not), what made you make this? this is not an every day dish that you can just whip up for a quick dinner. i will tell you. and not because i want to but because i think it’s kind of funny.

i like tv. i won’t lie, i love it. although i have plenty of things to keep my busy, it is always on. i like back round noise. most people do. 50% of the time it’s nick jr, 25% news, and 25% cooking channels. my one thing i love even more then cooking and the news, stupid comedies. i love them, i love stupid tv, there i said it. i love the office. last night i watched a re-run of the office. it was the one where michael and jan had a dinner party and she was making osso buco. at the end of the show, when dinner is finally served, michael leans over to pam and says something like “i hope she didn’t poison the meal, i think she is trying to kill me”.

i have been thinking of osso bucu since. silly things inspire me.

osso buco      this recipe serves 2. double up for more
  1. mix the flour, salt and pepper in a small bowl. lightly coat the veal. in a hot skillet coated with olive oil brown on both sides. add to crock pot.
  2. in same skillet, add chopped leek, half of the garlic, and celery. saute about 4 minutes till soft, take the left over flour and add to veggies, mix till all combined and then add wine to de-glaze.
  3. after about 30 seconds, add tomatoes and stock, half the parsley and the basil. let cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. in the crock pot, add a bay leaf and then the veggie mixture on top of of the shank.
  5. in a small bowl reserve and  mix the left over garlic, parsley and lemon zest.
  6. cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8.
  7. when the veal shanks are soft and tender, take out carefully and add half of the lemon, garlic, and parsley mixture to the crock pot. mix and let it sit on high for about 5 minutes.
plate your veal shanks and spoon sauce over, sprinkle with left over parsley mixture.last night we ate dinner late, we had a simple salad and some fresh baked bread.wonderful meal, after a day of constant running around, it kind of made me giggle, we were eating osso buco.

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