Cooking around the world: Osso Buco

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Winter is the time for soups, stews, and comfort food. Over the holidays I wanted to prepare a hearty meal that was a bit more elegant, so I took my first stab at Osso Buco.

Osso Buco is a Northern Italian dish of braised veal shanks. I followed Giada De Laurentis’s recipe. Most of the ingredients were things I had on hand. My local grocery store did not have veal shanks so instead I went to the butchers. If you’re in NYC I highly recommend Schatzie’s.

Traditionally the dish is served with pasta or polenta, but I made mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. It was the perfect compliment to the dish. I also served some roasted winter vegetables and a pinot noir.