Traditionally, a Low Carb Beef Osso Bucco is made with a thick cut veal shank but unfortunately, the veal police got involved and it is just about impossible to find veal of any cut anymore. This is something I have never understood as we eat little lambs by the millions but have done away with little cows. Personally, I find lambs far more appealing than calves but that’s only this woman’s opinion. If you are lucky enough to get veal then by all means use it. Again traditionally when using veal, white wine was used and if you want to use red wine then use it but…I am sticking with white wine. I am also using duck fat to sear my shanks because…I have it and duck fat with anything is always a flavor enhancer. Be sure to get your shanks at least 1″- 1½” thick. As you can see mine were only about an 1″ but served over Cauliflower Grits with the rich sauce it was plenty. You could use spaghetti squash or even plain ole mashed cauliflower.
If you are an absolute veal purest then the best place in the United States to buy quality veal is from D’artagnan. The finest restaurants buy from them and you may not have realized it, but chances are you have eaten some of their meats. If you get to D’artagnan just be prepared for sticker shock and that’s why I used beef shanks.
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- 4-1 ½” Beef Shanks
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 1 Small Carrot Finely Diced
- ½ Onion Finely Diced
- 1 Rib Celery Finely Diced
- ½ t Rosemary
- ½ t Thyme
- 1½ T Tomato Paste
- 1½ C Water (More It Needed)
- ½ C White Wine
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 -3 t Chicken Base
- 2 t Crushed Garlic
- 2 Bay Leaves
- Pepper To Taste & It May Not Need It
- If you have kitchen twine tie the shanks.
- Add oil to a blitzing hot pan and sear meat on both sides. Set aside.
- Turn down heat just a bit then add the onion, celery, & carrots and cook until browning.
- Add rosemary, thyme, & tomato paste and continue cooking another 1-2 minutes.
- Add water, wine, tomatoes, chicken base, & garlic stirring well.
- Clearing a little room, nestle in the shanks and tuck in the bay leaves making sure the liquid come up at least half way.
- Cover and turn down heat to low, simmering about 2-2½ hours or until tender and done.
- Don't forget to remove the bay leaves.
- 4 Servings
- 740 Calories, 56.5g Protein, 46.3g Fat, 11.8g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 8.9g Net Carbs
- Oohlala, think of the bone marrow you will be eating.
- I lost my strings while they were cooking and it didn't seem to matter. Just probably not as pretty.
- If I'd have thought of it I would have add some wedged daikon radish as a potato substitute but alas...I forgot, but you don't have to.