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Beef Stew Osso Buco style

February  5, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves six
Author Notes

This is a great way to take the amazing flavors of osso buco and make it more accessible for everyday. I especially like the lightness of white wine compared to the usual red wine in beef stews. I have used beef chunks (usually cut from a chuck) or if I can find it veal stew meat, which makes it a little more special but not quite so extravagant as veal shanks. —MGrace

What You'll Need
  • Stew
  • 2.5-3.5 pounds meat for stew (1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3-4 tomatoes, chopped or sliced in half & grated on box grater, leaving skin (if skin is tough) OR 1 14oz can diced tomato
  • 1 cup olives, kalamata or oil-brined are best
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2-3 stips of orange zest
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper
  • Gremolata
  • 5 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in dutch oven or other oven proof pot over medium high.
  3. Pat meat dry and season with salt & pepper. Toss in a bowl with flour and shake off excess. Brown meat in batches. Remove to plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add in shallot, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until soft & pale, stirring to pick up brown bits on pan. Season lightly with salt & pepper.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring. Add meat back to pot along with accumulated juices and bring to simmer.
  6. Cover and braise in oven until tender, about 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. Check liquid levels periodically and add extra stock or water if it is drying out too much.
  7. When done, remove bay leaf, parsley and thyme stems. Check seasoning and adjust as needed.
  8. Mix gremolata ingredients together. Using a microplane to grate both garlic & lemon zest will give a nice fine texture.
  9. Best served over saffron risotto or polenta, but egg noodles, rice or potatoes would be nice too. Serve gremolata at table.
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2 Reviews

Emily |. January 10, 2014
Made this for dinner last night and currently having the leftovers for lunch. Love it! I did not use orange rind (as my husband used the orange to make an Old Fashioned before I got home from work!) and did large capers instead of olives so I didn't have to make another trip to the store. I really like this white wine version of beef stew, it is something I hadn't thought to try before. Served over pasta cooked simply with butter and parmesan.
Tbird January 27, 2013
This was dinner last night. Yumm! The orange rind provided great flavor, along with the Gremolata. I didnt have white, so went with red wine - which made the stew hearty and rich. Just what we all wanted for a cold January night!