This dish is so easy and healthy. For added nutrition, serve with Asian greens or fresh steamed Kale and Zucchini. Serves 4 to 5.
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
2 brown onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1/2 Fennel bunch chopped
2 local garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup (40g) plain flour, for coating
Salt & freshly ground pepper
8 (about 1.5kg) veal osso bucco (use any stewing beef, lamb or pork shanks if you like)
1 cup (250ml) white or red wine
400g can diced tomatoes or 1 truss fresh tomatoes (much tastier and fresher!)
1 cup beef stock
Chopped fresh parsley, to serve
Creamy mashed potato or baked potato, to serve
GUIDE / INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 160°C. Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, fennel and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until softened.
Remove from pan and set aside. Season flour with salt and pepper. Coat osso bucco in flour, shaking off any excess. Heat remaining oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat. Add meat and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until well browned. Transfer meat to a large ovenproof dish.
Spoon over the vegetables. Increase pan heat to high and add the wine. Boil for 2 minutes, scraping any tasty bits off the base of the pan. Stir in the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil. Pour over the meat in the dish.
The meat should be covered by the liquid. Cover with a lid and cook for 1 3/4-2 hours or until the meat is very tender and the sauce thickens.
Have a super week ahead and happy osso bucco cooking and eating!