Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Playing with recipes (Osso Bucco)

Been away from my blog for a while now,hope you didn't miss me much (lol). So i have been struggling to define my blog as to what i love writing about and what i want it to be about and boom i figured i love cooking and playing with recipes and then i said to myself hey Judith why not share with your readers all the experiments and new recipes u play with and the i was like why not! Hope you would like it and also put it to practice but make sure you have someone to share the food with else you would become a regular at the gym in no time and bear in mind not all of them come out as desired on your first attempt (hehehe).
I am blessed with a partner that eats more continental food so i always have to travel far away from Nigeria whenever i want to make something to wow him and i always do almost all the time (wink),that way i have been able to learn n practice how to prepare cuisines from Italy, Indian, Thai, Chinese and some i have no idea where they are even from but they taste yummy which is what i care about, My eyes are always glued to Food channels and whenever i sit on my system am always on one food site looking for my next experiment, feel sorry for my partner and any of my friends that are around because they must eat the food (hahaha).
Today i would be sharing an Italian recipe with you called Osso Bucco), i have made this recipe several times that i can prepare it now with my eyes closed (lol). Lets get down to the business of the day,cooking is so much fun for me and makes me happy (i may end up opening a restaurant someday, u never know), would like you to feel the same enjoy your kitchen space and always make sure you have everything you would be needed close to you so you don't burn anything and destroy the taste of your food.
Ossobuco or osso buco is Italian for "bone with a hole" (osso bone, buco hole), a reference to the marrow hole at the center of the cross-cut veal shank.
To make Osso bucco these are the ingredients you would be needing and i assure you would find them in any stores close to you the veal shank which is the main ingredient might be the tricky one but you should be able to get it in big stores:

  • veal shanks
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • celery sticks (optional, i don't put in mine)
  • onions
  • garlic cloves
  • plain flour
  • tomato paste
  • diced Italian tomatoes in juice
  • beef stock
  • dried thyme
  • bay leaves
  • Gremolata
  • lemon
  • garlic cloves
  • parsley
Method to prepare it
1.  Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan, add carrots, onions (finely chopped) , celery (optional also finely chopped) and garlic (crushed). Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to an ovenproof dish.

2. Season the plain flour (add salt and pepper, i usually put maggi cubes in mine) put in in a plastic bag with veal shank and shake it well make sure the flour covers it up, remove excess and place it on a plate.
3. Preheat oven to 200oC. Melt another butter and oil in a frying pan over high heat. Brown both sides of veal shanks. Place on top of vegetables you had earlier put in an ovenproof dish.
4.  Add tomato paste, tomatoes, beef stock thyme and bay leaves to pan. Bring to the boil. reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Pour over vegetables and veal shanks. Cover with lid or foil paper. Transfer to oven and bake for 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 hours or basically until veal is tender and falls off the bone sometimes mine gets ready in 45mins you can always open your oven and check it.

To serve
You can enjoy this delicious recipe with boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes. Make a gremolata and sprinkle on top of it, here is how to make it: 

Grate the rind of lemon (meaning the back of a lemon), chop ggarlic glove and parsley mix them together and just sprinkle on top of your meal and you would eat and ask for more.
Fresh out of my oven
Osso Bucco with Boiled Potatoes

Osso Bucco with Mashed Potatos

A table! Enjoy!!!

Let me know what you think and if you have a recipe you have been battling with or have a way to modify this recipe and make it even more delicious please share. Thank you and enjoy. Cheers.


  1. Wow, this look's really yummy, I hope I don't burn this one lmao. Thanks for the recipe hon ;)

  2. It is indeed yummy,you should try it and let me know how it turns out. U'r welcome dearie.

  3. I'm def trying this out!!

  4. Great. Send me pix when you eventually prepare it.