I am not sure about you, but, I am exhausted from being cold. It is almost June, and it feels like the end of October here in the Bay Area. While we were use to it when we lived in San Francisco, Oakland was a different animal when we moved here six years ago. Sunshine and ten to fifteen degrees warmer were always guaranteed. This past five month has been down right depressing; cold, wet and blistery. I know we need the rain, but enough is enough. The only good thing about this kind of weather is being able to make recipes such as this Pork Osso Buco, which is what we did over the weekend.
I have made Osso Buco many times using veal or beef, and this was a first (and not a last) with pork. We received some gorgeous pork shanks with our Butcher Box delivery, and I knew they would be perfect for a comforting meal such as this. Little did I know the weather would also work perfectly for hunkering down and making comfort food.
This recipe takes time to make, but that is half of the fun when cooking comfort food at home. Hours cooking on the stove not only warms the house but warms your soul. By the time it was dinner time, we were starving from the aromas of meat and herbs braising all day long. It does serve six, and since there were only two of us that night for dinner, I did use the leftovers for a couple different meals. We had some great tacos one evening, and I made a gorgeous breakfast hash another morning. If you have leftovers, remember to get creative in the kitchen and enjoy a couple different ways!
Has it warmed up where you live? Are you enjoying summer time food yet, or still enjoying comfort food as we are?
Pat the shanks dry with paper towels, this will help them brown more evenly.
Place the flour, salt and the pepper on a plate and mix lightly with a fork. Dredge the shanks in the flour, shaking off the excess.
In a large dutch oven heat the lard or the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shanks to the pan and brown all sides; about 3 - 4 minutes per side. Remove the shanks, place on a plate and set aside.
Add carrots, celery and onion to the pot. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste, thyme, oregano, rosemary and chili flakes.
Add the snacks to the pot and pour in the wine and the stock. Over medium low heat cook for 5 minutes.
Lower the heat to low, cover with a lid and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bone. I check every 30 minutes, turning the shanks over and adding a little more stock if the liquid gets to low. It should not go below 1/2 way up the shank.
Remove the shanks and place onto a serving platter.
Stir the butter into the juice, season to taste with salt and pepper, then pour over the shanks.
My name is Denise, and I am the Chief Cooking Officer of Chez Us. I confess, I love everything about food; the look, feel, smell and taste. In fact, the first thing on my mind when I crawl out of bed, besides that first cup of coffee, is what we will be sharing at the table later that day.
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