Ossobuco Alla Milanese – Veal Shank Milanese

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1 Veal shank
1 Cup flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Ground black pepper
1/4 Cup onion (diced)
1/4 Cup carrots (diced)
1/4 Cup celery (diced)
1 Teaspoon garlic
1/2 Cup tomatoes (diced)
1/2 Cup Porcini mushroom broth
1/2 Teaspoon saffron
1 Hard polenta cake (baked and cooled)

How to make the Ossobuco alla Milanese:

Ossobuco: prepare the ossobuco (veal shank) by tying it with string and flouring it. Sauté over medium heat in a sauté pan. Remove from sauté pan and season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by combining the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, tomatoes, porcini mushroom broth, and saffron in a roast in a pan for two hours in a 350-degree oven.

To serve, grill the Polenta cake for three minutes. Plate and serve The Ossobuco with veal and vegetables.

As an alternative to polenta, you can serve the ossobuco in the traditional way with “risotto alla Milanese, or also with mashed potatoes.

Serves 1

Regional recipe from Lombardy


Braised veal shanks (ossobuco) are a favorite on Lombard tables; serve the ossobuco alla Milanese (Milanese Veal Shank), with “risotto alla Milanese,” saffron risotto for a truly Milanese feast.

A bit of history.
Ossobuco, cut from the shank of veal, is a classic of Milanese cuisine. The word ossobuco means hollow-bone. This famous dish probably had its origins in a farmhouse during the late nineteenth century and almost certainly did not originally include tomatoes, a New World discovery, which were probably added by restaurant chefs. Ossobuco came into its own in the many osterie of Milan, which were traditionally neighborhood restaurants in big cities which catered to the locals of the immediate neighborhood and never to travelers or tourists.

Ossobuco (ossobuchi or ossibuchi is the plural) probably is not an old dish. Although ossobuco is mentioned approvingly in the fourteenth edition of Pellegrino Artusi’s “Scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene” published in 1920 “ossobuco” does not appear at all in the anonymous “La vera cucina lombarda” published in 1890 for housewives. This leads to believe that the dish may always have been an invention of an osteria.

Ossobuco is sometimes called Osso Buco or Ossobucco.





Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
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