Ossobuco alla Fiorentina. Braised veal shank with tomato sauce
Ossobuco is a dish representing the Tuscan cucina povera: a cheap cut of meat, braised in tomato sauce with patience and care, becomes highly satisfying.
Keyword ossobuco, veal shank
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour40minutes
Total Time 1hour55minutes
2veal shanks, about 300 g /10 oz each
extra virgin olive oil
1cupdry white wine
Remove the skin around the veal shanks and pound the meat to soften it. Lightly flour the veal shanks. Thinly slice the onion and dice the carrot and the celery.
Choose a large frying pan where the two veal shanks can comfortably fit. Pour a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the pan, heat it up, and then fry the veal shanks for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Move the veal shanks to a plate, pour two more tablespoons of olive oil into the pan and add the finely sliced onion and diced celery and carrot.
Sauté the onion, the celery, and carrot over a low heat.
When the onion is soft, and the other vegetables are nicely browned, add the veal shanks. Pour the dry white wine and reduce it. It will take about 10 minutes.
Add the peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand, and the warm water.
Adjust the salt - do not overdo it because the cooking liquid will reduce, and the veal shanks may then be too salty.
Cook the veal shanks over a low heat for about an hour and a half. Check from time to time to prevent them from sticking. If the sauce is reducing too quickly, add more hot water.
Sprinkle the veal shanks with fresh thyme, and serve them with toasted bread, on which you can spread the marrow.