This osso bucco recipe for easy, hearty beef stew makes for a delicious fall or winter dinner. Osso Buccos (also known as beef shanks) are a great source of healthy fats and gelatin and give this soup its rich beef flavor. All you have to do is let them simmer on the slow cooker for a while with some flavorful fresh herbs and chopped vegetables. Serve with a slice of warm homemade bread and you’re set!
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, GAPs friendly, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Nut Free, Grain Free)
I really love osso buccos (or beef shank). They are wonderfully flavorful and rich, and they bring flavor dimension to this stew that a steak or some regular stew beef couldn’t possibly create. It may seem strange at first: these bone-in cuts don’t necessarily seem like they could taste so delicious. And when you first look at them it certainly doesn’t look like beef shanks could ever be tender. But simmer this stew for several hours and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The beef shanks break down into chunks during cooking, falling off the bone while flavoring the stew. The beauty is that you don’t even need to chop up the meat! Just take the bones out of the stew when you’re done cooking and serve!
Also in this recipe is a slightly unusual spice mix of fresh herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme as well as a hint of cumin and masala. This mix creates a complexity that is different but not overwhelming. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill beef stew!
And if you happen to have leftovers, watch for another osso bucco recipe in a few days on turning leftover beef stew into some amazing beef pot pies! It’s high time to get your fall cooking game on.
Update: You can find the promised Beef Stew Pot Pie Recipe here!
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