Slow Cooker Pork Osso Buco

Osso buco is a delicious and satisfying dish that can be easily made in a slow cooker. The meat becomes incredibly tender and juicy, practically falling off the bone. If you’ve never tried it before, you’re in for a treat!

Slow Cooker Pork Osso Buco

A Delightful Discovery

Have you ever come across a new food that you instantly fell in love with? That’s exactly what happened to me when I made pork osso buco for the first time. It was a revelation.

Just a few days ago, my husband John stumbled upon an unusual cut of organic meat at our local Whole Foods. The price was unbelievably low, making it quite a steal considering we usually opt for organic, humanely raised livestock with no antibiotics.

Curiosity got the best of us, and we decided to give it a try. As it turns out, osso buco is a traditional Milanese dish typically made with veal. But here’s the fun part: our daughter Nicole, who is studying Italian, enlightened us by revealing that “osso buco” simply means “bone with a hole,” referring to the marrow hole at the center of the cross-cut shank of meat.

Easy and Flavorful

I wanted to prepare the osso buco the traditional way, braised in a white wine and vegetable broth. However, I decided to skip the usual step of dredging the meat in flour to keep the dish grain-free, paleo, and low carb.

To begin, I seasoned the pork shanks with salt and pepper and seared them in butter until golden. This not only tenderizes the meat but also adds a depth of flavor. Then, I transferred the seared shanks to the slow cooker.

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Finished Meat

Next, I deglazed the skillet with wine and poured it over the pork in the slow cooker, making sure to scrape up all the delicious browned bits. I added diced plum tomatoes, bone broth, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, sage, oregano, and a bay leaf to the slow cooker, creating a flavorful base for the dish.

All that was left to do was cover the slow cooker and set it on low for 7-8 hours. The long, slow cooking process allows the meat to become incredibly tender and juicy.

Aromatic and Irresistible

After spending a lovely time with some friends, I returned home to the most incredible aroma of osso buco simmering away in the slow cooker. It was truly mouth-watering.

To complete the meal, I made some risotto as a perfect accompaniment to this traditional Italian dish. If you’re following a low-carb diet, seasoned cauliflower rice or creamy cauliflower mash would be fantastic alternatives.

When it was time for dinner, I whipped up a delicious gravy to accompany the osso buco, along with a special gremolata topping. To make the gravy, I strained the juices from the slow cooker, removing the fat from the top and simmered it to reduce. Then, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and stirred in cold butter, one tablespoon at a time, to add richness and create a beautiful texture.

As for the gremolata, it’s a traditional accompaniment to ossobuco alla milanese and adds a burst of freshness to the dish. It’s simply chopped parsley tossed with lemon zest, garlic, and capers. Absolutely delightful!

Zesting a Lemon

Pro Tips and Recipe Notes

  • To make lemon zest, use a microplane to grate the outer layer of the skin, avoiding the bitter white pith.
  • For a dairy-free option, sear the meat in oil instead of butter and eliminate butter from the gravy.
  • If you’re following a low-carb diet, try serving seasoned cauliflower rice alongside the osso buco.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Slow Cooker Pork Osso Buco Nutrition Label

Enjoy this Delectable Dish

And there you have it! A plateful of gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and utterly scrumptious slow cooker pork osso buco. It’s a dish that will satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Enjoy and have a happy and healthy week, my friends!

P.S. If you make this recipe, don’t forget to share your snap on Instagram and tag #glutenfreehomestead. I always love seeing your photos!

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