There’s no denying that veal is by far one of the most tender and protein-rich meats available. Veal can be incorporated into countless dishes ranging from Veal Piccata, Pan Seared Veal Chops, Veal Parmigiana and dozens of others. One of the most popular Italian dishes is the Veal Ossobuco, however, many people don’t know what Ossobuco is but once they try it, they always come back for more! Let’s explore exactly what Veal Ossobuco is.
Veal Ossobuco is a simple, yet classic dish, and although it’s not too complex it is packed with flavor. The braise typically includes onion, carrot, celery and other aromatics. Originating from the term, “pierced bone,” Veal Ossobuco uses the marrow bone to add plenty of flavor to the meat and the bone marrow is always infused into the sauce. Flour is generally applied very lightly to the veal and when combined with marbled meat, broth and juicy bone marrow, a scrumptious smooth sauce is created. The combination of parsley, garlic and lemon zest creates the condiment, gremolada. This condiment seeps through the holes of the shank right before serving to create a burst of flavor.
Commonly eaten in the winter due to its richness, the golden rice which is paired with the succulent meat makes for the perfect Italian dish. The golden rice used in Veal Ossobuco is called Saffron Risotto which is both flavorful and hearty. Saffron is actually the most expensive spice and offers several health benefits. Referred to as a “novel spice,” saffron can be used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, antioxidant, and digestive.
At Assaggio, our Veal Ossobuco is the ultimate comfort food so the next time you’re in Boston’s North End, stop in and treat yourself to a plate of Veal Ossobuco. With the cold weather upon us, there’s no better time to get out of the cold and indulge in a warm Italian dish.