Yes you guessed it right. We are going Italian dining Baby! I am quite fascinated with Italian cooking because of its utter simplicity. Traditional Italian cooking normally uses only four to eight ingredients tops, and are often cooked with wine. And if you have the knack for herbs, Italian recipes are mostly utilizing herbs that add to flavor and stimulate aroma. Read along as I tell you more about this classic dish served in Northern Italy specifically, in the city of Milan since the 19th century.
Osso Buco is simply and straight to the point braised cross-cut veal shanks. By braising, we mean : frying the meat first in high fire, and simmering it thereafter, until the meat becomes very tender. A Cross Cut Veal Shank comes from the leg bone under the knee of a young calf or lamb, as opposed to regular beef meat coming from an aged cow. Osso Buco is a literal translation which means “A hole in the bone” referring to the bone marrow that makes up the recipe.
There are actually two ways of preparing the Osso Buco. The first one is the traditional way wherein it is cooked without the use of tomatoes. The second one is the more popular modern method, which is cooked with tomatoes, olives, carrots and sometimes with potatoes too.
This dish is quite similar to the Filipino Pochero which is still, braised beef, then boiled until meat becomes tender. It also uses tomato or tomato sauce for that matter and same set of vegetables are being used. The only difference between the two aside from the brown appearance for the Osso Buco and the red appearance for the Pochero, is that the former’s unique ingredient is that it is cooked in dry white wine (or red wine for variation) that is table ready. The flavor of the dish, largely depends on the quality of the wine being used, as it will give it more flavor. While the latter’s unique ingredient would be using SABA variety banana that will give the dish the contrasting sweet blend to the sour tomato.
Served best with Italian Risotto (rice cooked in broth), Steamed White Rice, or Mashed potato if you do prefer.
So now, if you see Osso Buco on the menu, why not give it a try, and taste a little bit of Milan, Italy!