Osso Buco

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Osso Buco

Shank length

For best results, the shank bones should be at least 5 centimeters (2 inches) but preferably 6 centimeters (2 1/2 inches) in length.


For the sake of tenderness, be sure to buy veal not baby beef shanks. The color of veal shanks is pale white rather than rosy red.


If you don't have veal stock, substitute chicken stock.


Unless they are vine ripened, use a good brand of canned imported Italian tomatoes. Drain and discard the liquid.

Lemon rind

When grating the lemon rind, do not cut too deeply into the bitter white pith that underlies the yellow skin.

Osso Buco
serving suggestions


The traditional starch accompaniment to Osso Buco is rice, especially risotto alla milanese. Pasta tossed with butter and freshly grated black pepper is a popular alternative.


If you don't have marrow spoons, substitute lobster forks for removing and eating the cooked bone marrow.


Serve a dry, medium- bodied Italian red wine.



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