A few weeks ago I made an oxtail stew which I thought was completely delicious, but unfortunately the kids didn’t agree. They are generally casserole lovers, so today I made osso bucco, or ‘bone with hole’…my eldest wanted a translation. It turned out to be a rich and super tasty casserole which I adapted from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, and seeing as though I haven’t actually written anything about slow food yet, I thought I would share. The bonus with this one, was that the kids absolutely loved it.
Slow cooked veal shanks – Osso Bucco my adaption (serves 4)
4 veal shanks
4 cups of beef stock (see below)
2 large garlic cloves – finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Large bunch of fresh thyme
200ml tomato passata or 3-4 chopped tomatoes
2 Tbspns tomato paste
500g chopped pumpkin
1 zucchini grated or greens of choice
Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, and sauté chopped onion, leeks and carrots on low heat with lid on pan for about 15 minutes. Remove from pan, brown meat on both sides and then drain browning fat from the pan.
Add stock, garlic, meat, thyme and sautéed veges back to pan. Season with salt and pepper and add tomato passata and paste or fresh tomatoes if you have them. Braise with lid on pan for about 90 minutes, then add chopped pumpkin and simmer for another hour or until meat falls off the bone. Add any other vegetables at the end, I added zucchini, but any other greens would be good. The pumpkin mashes in to thicken the sauce beautifully.
This recipe is well suited to a slow cooker or oven. Just place everything into the slow cooker or in an ovenproof dish at part 2. Unfortunately my slow cooker is in constant use making stock at the moment, so I did in on the stove top.
Can be served with any sort of mash or polenta, and more greens on the side if it’s for green loving kids or grown ups.
Simple beef stock in the slow cooker
About a kilo or just over of beef bones (cut open by your butcher)
1/4 cup Organic apple cider vinegar
Filtered water to cover bones
Put it all in the slow cooker. The apple cider vinegar helps to draw the marrow from the bones (is there anything apple cider vinegar doesn’t do?). Let it bubble away for 24 hours and then strain into jars and refrigerate.