How to Cook Delicious Pork Osso Buco

Pork Osso Buco Recipe

When it comes to osso buco, we often think of the classic Ossobuco Alla Milanese, a mouthwatering dish made with braised veal shanks. But have you ever considered trying pork osso buco? It’s a delightful alternative that is not only delicious but also easy on the wallet.

What is Pork Osso Bucco?

Pork osso buco is a variation of the traditional Italian dish, osso buco, which usually features veal shanks. However, in this version, pork shanks or pork shoulder are used instead. The meat is braised in a flavorful liquid, along with vegetables and white wine, resulting in tender, succulent pork infused with rich flavors.

This recipe is perfect for those who prefer pork over veal or cannot find high-quality veal in their area. Plus, it’s a more budget-friendly option, as pork is generally more affordable than veal.

Unveiling “PorkoBuco” – A Memorable Dining Experience

Let me share a memorable dining experience I had with my wife at a quaint Italian BYOB restaurant in Philadelphia. We were dressed up for a night out after attending a charity event. The restaurant was buzzing with energy, as multiple birthday parties were in full swing.

As the night progressed, the atmosphere became joyous, with everyone singing happy birthday and sharing cake between tables. Excitement filled the air when the waiter announced the specials of the night. Instead of veal osso buco, they were serving “porkobuco!”

Intrigued by this twist on a classic, I decided to give it a try. Pork osso buco is prepared similarly to the veal version, but with the use of pork shanks instead. The shanks are big, meaty, and resemble lamb shanks. What’s more, they are incredibly affordable compared to veal or lamb shanks. I purchased them for under $3 per pound from my favorite pork butcher.

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A Grand, Cost-Effective Cut of Meat

Fresh pork shanks, unlike the cured ones used for split pea soup, are ideal for this recipe. If you can’t find them at your local market, simply ask your butcher to order some for you. They are usually very inexpensive.

One pork osso buco shank is sufficient for one person and presents beautifully when served on a bed of mashed potatoes, with the bone proudly protruding. However, I recommend buying extra shanks because there’s nothing quite like savoring leftover pork shank with its rich, delectable sauce served over a bed of egg noodles.

In summary, pork osso buco is a fantastic alternative to the traditional veal version. It offers robust flavors and a hearty meal that is sure to impress your guests and become a family favorite.

Braising – Unlocking the Deliciousness

To achieve the perfect tenderness and flavor, the technique of braising is employed. Pork shanks, like other shank cuts, are tough and require long, slow, moist cooking at a lower temperature to break down the connective tissues. If you’ve ever made a stew or a pot roast, you’re already familiar with this cooking method.

📖 Recipe

To prepare this tantalizing dish, follow these simple steps:

  1. Gather the following ingredients:

    • Pork shanks or pork shoulder
    • Vegetables of your choice (e.g., carrots, celery, onions)
    • White wine
    • Fresh herbs and spices (e.g., rosemary, thyme, bay leaves)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
  2. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

  3. Heat a large, oven-safe pot over medium heat and add a splash of oil. Brown the pork shanks on all sides until golden brown.

  4. Remove the shanks from the pot and set them aside. In the same pot, sauté the vegetables until they begin to soften and release their aromas.

  5. Deglaze the pot with white wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Allow the wine to cook off slightly.

  6. Return the pork shanks to the pot and add enough water or broth to cover them about halfway.

  7. Season with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices. Cover the pot with a lid or aluminum foil.

  8. Transfer the pot to the preheated oven and let the pork shanks braise for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender and easily falls off the bone.

  9. Once cooked, remove the pork shanks from the pot and set them aside to rest.

  10. Strain the braising liquid and reduce it on the stovetop until it reaches your desired consistency. This will become your delicious sauce.

  11. Serve the pork osso buco on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, spooning the flavorful sauce over the top. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley or gremolata made from parsley, lemon zest, and garlic.

  12. Enjoy this enticing dish with your loved ones, savoring each bite of tender, flavorful pork osso buco.

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For a visual guide, check out this helpful YouTube video that demonstrates the preparation of pork osso buco.

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