Recipe courtesy of Rick Moonen

Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto Fennel, Red Onion and Orange Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings


Prepare the osso buco:

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3-1 1/2-inch cut veal shanks

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups flour (to coat)

Peel and cut the following vegetables into small dice:

2 carrots

2 onions

1 zucchini

1 yellow squash

1 sachet (1/2 head of garlic, 6 sprigs parsley, 3 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leaf and 1 tablespoon peppercorns)

3 cups white wine

1/2 cup tomato sauce

2 cups veal stock

Start the risotto:

1/3 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced shallots

1 tablespoons minced garlic

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

1/4 teaspoon saffron

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup white wine

4 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoons butter

14 cup Parmesan cheese

Make the tomato fondue:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium red onion, peeled and finely diced

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

16-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, crushed by hand

Make the gremolata:

1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoons chopped lemon zest

Make the salad:

1 orange

1 fennel bulb, trimmed

1 red onion, peeled

1/2 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Using a small, thick-bottomed rondeau, heat the olive oil and butter over medium high. Season the veal shanks thoroughly with salt and pepper. Coat the veal shanks with flour, shake to remove any excess, and brown well. Remove veal shanks from rondeau. 
  2. Make the sachet: 
  3. Add the vegetables and the sachet to the pan. Stir to coat and place the veal shanks on top. Add the wine, tomato sauce and stock, adjust the seasoning, and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and cook the veal shanks in the oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender.
  4. Make the risotto: 
  5. In a large sauce pot over medium heat, sweat the onion, shallots and garlic in the olive oil. 
  6. When vegetables are soft, add the rice and saffron, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir and continue cooking to toast the rice. When the rice is slightly browned, add the wine, stirring constantly. 
  7. In a separate sauce pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the hot stock to the rice in three batches, stirring constantly until the liquid is fully absorbed. 
  8. Continue the osso buco: Remove the shanks from the rondeau and reduce the jus to your taste.
  9. Make the tomato fondu:
  10. Warm olive oil in a stainless sauce pot over medium heat. Add the onions and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the onions are soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped garlic and simmer for 1-2 minutes, carefully cooking but not browning the garlic (the oil should stew the vegetables). Add the tomatoes, and continue cooking another 10 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced and slightly thickened.
  11. Make the gremolata: Combine and reserve.
  12. Make the salad: Peel an orange down to the flesh. Using a knife, separate each segment from the surrounding membrane and remove. Place segments in a bowl. Squeeze orange halves over bowl to release any remaining juice. 
  13. Using a sturdy Japanese mandolin, shave the fennel, white bulb down at an angle. Place fennel in a mixing bowl, and then shave the onion. Add onion to bowl, and toss. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon, the juice from the orange, salt and pepper to taste, and the olive oil. Toss again. Add the orange segments and chives, tossing once more, and serve. 
  14. Fold the butter and cheese into the risotto, reserve over low heat. 
  15. Pour jus over the shanks, top with gremolata, and serve with saffron risotto.
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1 Review

Darlene L.

Do I add the tomato fondue to the osso buco jus? Or is this a seperate item and if so where and how do I use the fondue...VERY CONFUSED...please enlighten ME

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