Osso Buco


¼ cup olive oil

2kg veal shin, cut crosswise into 5 cm slices

100g butter

4 anchovies

10 garlic cloves, crushed

2 onions, diced

1 carrot, sliced

2 sticks celery, sliced

200g olives, pitted

50g capers

2 bay leaves

1 cup red wine

1 cup port

1 litre tomato passata


freshly ground black pepper

1 cup basil leaves


Gremolata (optional):

zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp chopped parsley

1½ garlic clove, finely chopped




Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole dish and brown the veal pieces. Transfer the browned veal to a plate and keep warm.

Add the butter to the casserole and when it starts to sizzle add the anchovies, garlic and onion. Sauté over a medium heat until the anchovies begin to melt. Add the carrot and celery and sweat for about 5 min until they begin to soften. Add the olives, capers and bay leaves to the casserole then pour in the wine, port and tomato passata. Season with salt and pepper and stir in half the basil leaves.

Bring to the boil then lower the temperature to a simmer. Cover the casserole and transfer to the oven for 1½  hours, or until the meat is meltingly tender. Check the casserole from time to make sure that the meat is always covered with sauce.

Once the veal is cooked, remove the casserole from the oven. If the sauce is too thin, remove the lid from the casserole and boil vigorously on the stovetop for 5 – 10 min until reduced.

Mix together the gremolata ingredients and scatter onto the osso buco just before serving.