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Restaurant Style Pork Osso Bucco Recipe


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When it comes to comfort food, Pork Osso Bucco is at the top of my list. This amazingly delicious, tender, soul-warming dish is perfect for the colder months but can be enjoyed any time of the year.

close up of pork osso bucco on a white platter

If you’ve never heard of Pork Osso Bucco, it’s a dish that originated in the Lombardy Region of Italy in the 19th century.

Originally made with veal shanks, pork has become a popular version of this classic Italian dish.

What is a pork shank?

The Pork Shank comes from the front forearm of the pig. This is a tough cut of meat, due to how pigs develop muscles living in the woods. This in turn gives the meat an incredibly rich flavor that is well worth the extra time it takes to cook.

If you don’t see them at your grocer, ask your butcher. He may have them in the back or may be able to order them for you.

What Ingredients do I need to make Pork Osso Bucco?

ingredients needed to make pork osso bucco

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Pork Osso Bucco. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

How do I make Pork Osso Bucco?

floured pork shank in a white bowl of seasoned flour

The first step is dredging the pork shanks in flour seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.

seared pork shanks in a dutch ovenm

Add vegetable oil to a large dutch oven (6-7 quarts) (or a large skillet) over medium-high heat. Sear the pork shanks for about 2 minutes on each side.

Once seared on all sides, remove the pork shanks from the pan and set aside until needed.

**Discard the oil if it’s burnt and start with fresh oil, but don’t clean out the pan. We want all those tasty bits stuck to the pan for the sauce

mirepoix and garlic added to pot

The next step is adding the mirepoix (celery, carrots and onions) and garlic to the pot. Let the vegetables cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until they have all been lightly cooked.

CHEF DENNIS TIP:

Never add uncooked vegetables to liquid and boil them. Vegetables will never develop the depth of flavor they will achieve by searing them prior to adding liquid to the pot.

red wine added to the cooked vegetables

After lightly cooking the vegetables, add the red wine to the dutch oven. Turn the heat down and scrape all the bits off the bottom of the pan.

**This process is called deglazing.

tomatoes, stock and seasonings added to the pot

After deglazing the pan, add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs to the pot.

Allow the mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes

seared pork shanks added back into the pot of tomato sauce

Add the seared pork shanks back into the pot of tomato sauce. Cover and place into a preheated 325-degree oven and let the pork shanks braise in the sauce for 3 hours.

fully cooked pork shanks in pot of tomato sauce

After three hours, the pork shanks will be fork tender and incredibly delicious. As you can see there is a good amount of fat that has been cooked off.

Gently remove the pork shanks from the pan and skim off most of the fat. Mix the remaining fat into the sauce. This fat will add an incredible amount of flavor so don’t take it all out.

three pork shanks on a bed of tomato sauce on a white oval platter

Spoon the finished tomato sauce onto a serving dish or casserole and place the pork shanks on the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.

overhead close up of pork osso bucco

Wouldn’t you love to sit down to a plateful of my Pork Osso Bucco? I know your family will love how ah-mazingly flavorful this dish is and you’ll love how easy it is to make!

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Pork Osso Bucco

When it comes to comfort food Pork Osso Bucco is at the top of my list. This easy to make delicious pork dish warms the body and the soul.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins

Total Time3 hrs 35 mins

Course: Entree

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: osso bucco, pork shanks

Servings: 4

Calories: 960kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

  • 4 pork shanks approx 5 pounds total weight
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 4 ribs celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 4 sprigs rosemary

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Instructions

  • Dredge the pork shanks in flour seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.

  • Add vegetable oil to a large dutch oven (6-7 quarts or a large skillet) over medium-high heat. Sear the pork shanks for about 2 minutes on each side.

  • Once seared on all sides, remove the pork shanks from the pan and set aside until needed.**Discard the oil if it’s burnt and start with fresh oil, but don’t clean out the pan. We want all those tasty bits stuck to the pan for the sauce.
  • Add the celery, carrots, onions, to the pot. Let the vegetables cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until they have all been lightly cooked

  • After lightly cooking the vegetables, add the red wine to the dutch oven. Turn the heat down and scrape all the bits off the bottom of the pan.**This process is called deglazing.
  • After deglazing the pan, add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs to the pot.Allow the mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • Add the pork shanks back into the pot of tomato sauce. Cover and place into a preheated 325-degree oven and let the pork shanks braise in the sauce for 3 hours.

  • After three hours, the pork shanks will be fork tender and incredibly delicious. As you can see there is a good amount of fat that has been cooked off.Gently remove the pork shanks from the pan and skim off most of the fat. Mix the remaining fat into the sauce. This fat will add an incredible amount of flavor so don’t take it all out.
  • Spoon the finished tomato sauce onto a serving dish or casserole and place the pork shanks on the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.

  • Serve with potatoes, polenta, or your favorite pasta or grain and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 960kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 130g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 377mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 2904mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 6744IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 9mg

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