Ossobuco is a cut from the cow from the top part of the leg. Is one of the typical dishes in Milano and is usually accompanied with saffron risotto or polenta.

The bone marrow is very tasty. It gets soft and you can spread it like a butter on the meat. This might be bit heavy on the taste for the first timers but it is worth of trying.

Step 1: Ingredients

To cook ossobuco you need:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • a little of celery ( I have it in that plastic container because I like to preserve it frozen)
  • ossobuco meat
  • flour
  • butter
  • 0,5 dl of white whine
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper

Step 2: Chopping and Frying

Chop onion, carrot and celery in small pieces. Put some butter in a big pan and fry the chopped vegetables lightly so that the onion gets bit transparent. Don't burn the vegetables because the cooking time is very long and that can give bitter taste to your sauce.

Step 3: The Meat

Roll the steaks in flour. Place them gently on the frying pan.

Step 4: Meat Cooking

Fry the meat on both sides for couple of minutes. Pour the wine and let it evaporate. Spice with salt and pepper.

The meat might start to roll from the edges (see the first picture), if this happens, cut the edges open with kitchen scissors.

Once the wine is evaporated and you don't smell anymore the alcohol, add some water to the pan and let the meat cook for about 1 hour with low heat with the lid on.

Step 5: Finishing and Serving

During the last couple of minutes of cooking add the parsley to give some lightness to the taste.

You can accompany the meat with some rice or polenta.




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    Interesting recipe. If I were to walk into an america butcher shop, would I just ask for a cut of ossobuco meat?

    2 replies

    Thank you for your question. Yes, I think so. Butcher/meat shops should know ossobuco by name.

    If I am wrong, please let me know what is the correct name so that I can update the instructable.


    2 years ago

    You can freeze celery? Who knew? The cut of meat looks to be what we call beef shanks. I cook them in the crock pot in any number of liquids and seasonings. They are delicious and melt in the mouth. I'm going to try this but everything will go into the crock pot at the point of putting the lid on the frying pan rather than trust the frying pan - no, I admit, rather than trust myself not to forget about it. . .

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, the cut might indeed be beef shank. I will correct this to the instructable bit later. Crock pot is great for cooking!


    2 years ago

    and this is the tipical italian recipe for this cut of meat


    2 years ago

    OSSOBUCO means hole-bone. exuse me