Slow Cook: Osso Bucco with Creamy Polenta

May 10, 2019

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Serves 2

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 9 hours

Osso Bucco translates to “bone with a hole” in reference to the bone marrow visible in the cross-cut of the veal shank. You can substitute lamb or pork shanks for the veal, but it is important to get the cross-cut shank for the most traditional preparation. The marrow from the bone helps to flavor the braising liquid and adds richness to the sauce. Slow cooking the polenta yields a creamy consistency without needing to constantly stir the pot over a hot stove. A touch of butter at the end adds even more silkiness and also gives the polenta a beautiful shine. This date night meal is as simple to prepare as it is delicious to eat.

Ingredients

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  • 2 veal shanks (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup chicken or veal stock
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup yellow polenta
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter

Slow Cook Settings

Protein: LOW, 8 hours

Starch: 0 minutes

Instructions

Season the veal shanks generously on both sides with salt. Set aside while you prepare the aromatics. Peel and mince the garlic and shallot. Add to a Suvie pan with 1 tbsp olive oil and broil for 10 minutes until softened and fragrant.

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Add the tomato paste, red wine, chicken or veal stock, and stir to combine.

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Add the veal shanks to the pan and top with the fresh thyme sprigs.

In another Suvie pan combine the yellow polenta and 4 cups water.

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Season with 1/2 tsp salt and cover with aluminum foil. Insert both Suvie pans in the upper two cooking zones. Enter the Slow Cook Settings and cook.

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After the cook remove both pans from Suvie. Remove the aluminum foil from the polenta and add the butter.

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Stir the butter into the polenta and adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Return to Suvie to keep warm.

Carefully remove the veal shanks from the Suvie pan. Pour the braising liquid into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let the liquid reduce by ½ and adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

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To serve, divide the polenta between plates and top with each with a veal shank. Pour the reduced sauce over the veal and enjoy!

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Wine Pairing

Veal is one of the few red meats that can be paired with white wines and Rosé wines, however braised veal like the one found in this recipe is more than a match for a robust red wine like Zinfandel.

Dan Snedeker