Ossobuco with gremolata

Ossobuco with gremolata

  • serves 8
  • Easy
Nothing beats a classic ossobuco with gremolata. Freeze in portions for comforting midweek meals – serve with risotto, polenta or mash.
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Ingredients

  • veal or beef shin 8 pieces about 4-5cm thick, cut across the bone (ask the butcher to do this)
  • plain flour 100g, well seasoned
  • olive oil
  • onions 2 large, finely chopped
  • carrots 4, peeled and finely chopped
  • celery 4 sticks, trimmed and finely chopped
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
  • white wine 300ml
  • bay leaves 3
  • thyme 3 sprigs
  • veal or chicken stock 1.5-2 litres

GERMOLATA

  • lemon 1, zested
  • garlic 1 cloves, finely chopped
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, finely chopped

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Season the veal pieces well, then lightly dust in the seasoned flour.

  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan on a high heat, and fry the meat in batches for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pieces. Add another tbsp oil to the pan, if you need to, while frying.

  • Step 3

    Lower the heat to medium and add another tbsp oil to the pan if you need to, then add the onion, carrot, celery and a pinch of salt. Fry for 10 minutes until very soft and translucent.

  • Step 4

    Add the garlic and fry for another minute before pouring in the wine. Simmer until reduced by half, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the bay leaves and thyme.

  • Step 5

    Transfer the meat, the veg and the liquid from the frying pan to a large casserole with a lid. Add the stock to just cover the meat, season well and bring to a simmer.

  • Step 6

    Cover with the lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours until the meat is really tender (you might need longer for beef shin).

  • Step 7

    Mix the gremolata ingredients together with a pinch of salt and scatter over the ossobuco. Serve with mash, polenta, or saffron risotto.

Additional Information

How to store it: serve straight away, or leave to cool to room temperature and transfer to Tupperware boxes, and freeze. It will keep for 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat gently in a pan, until piping hot.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 380
  • Fat 15.8g
  • Saturates 5.1g
  • Carbs 18.5g
  • Sugars 7.2g
  • Fibre 4.6g
  • Protein 32.8g
  • Salt 0.7g
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