Both cooking methods given here (stovetop and slow cooker) yield moist, tender meat with a hearty sauce--perfect for serving over soft polenta or mashed potatoes.
4 (8- to 9-ounce) veal shanks
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cups baby carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup Marsala wine
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind
2 garlic cloves, minced
How to Make It
Sprinkle veal shanks evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add veal shanks, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove veal from pan. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, celery, and 3 garlic cloves; sauté 6 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, Marsala, and broth; bring to a boil. Return veal to pan. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hour. Uncover and simmer 30 minutes.
While veal is simmering, combine parsley, lemon rind, and 2 garlic cloves. Place 1 veal shank in each of 4 shallow bowls; spoon about 3/4 cup sauce over each serving, and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon gremolata.
Slow-Cooker Method: Place browned shanks in a 5-quart electric slow cooker; top with sautéed vegetables. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, Marsala, and broth. Cover with lid; cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce heat to LOW; cook 5 hours. Serve with gremolata.
Osso Buco (AW-soh BOO-koh), or braised veal shanks, is the ultimate in rustic Italian cooking.