I hadn’t intended on doing the FFwD this week. But, part of my weekly cookup includes a stew-y or slow cooker dish. (I am thinking of starting a weekly cookup post series, but basically I do the bulk of my cooking on Sundays so that I spend no more than 15 minutes or so making dinner during the week. I started this about a year ago and it’s really upped the amount of veggies we eat and lowers the inclination toward takeout.)
Anyway…Osso buco. I added the ingredients to my shopping list in case I could find shank of any kind and, lo and behold, I found veal shanks! Yay! Thus, FFwD for the week.
First, I boiled the orange zest and made the sauce:
Then, I browned the veal shanks and dropped them into the sauce.
As Dorie instructs, I deglazed the pan with the orange zest water–a neat touch! Then, into the oven it went with the carrots on top (and the wax paper). You’ve already seen that image at the top of the post.
I served it with Orange CauliRice, based upon Dorie’s rice pilaf recommendation. We all thought it was great, and my 2-year-old actually ate it, noting that it was like “zuppa!” (I like the Italian word for soup and had said it a few times during some extremely formative moments, apparently, so soup is now zuppa no matter what we say to the contrary.)
I was quite happy we all liked it, based on my previous experience making osso buco: About a year ago, I got some grown-up (grass-fed beef not veal) shanks from our local cattle ranch. I made a different osso buco with them and I have to say it was so rich that it was overwhelming–in a bad, sort of sickening way. I understood why veal, or maybe lamb, is a better choice. I was bracing myself for this one and it wasn’t overly rich: indeed, it was perfect! Good stuff! I saw from the P&Q that others were using grown-up shanks so I’m curious to see how that turned out.
Oh, and we served it with the Olive-Orange salad!
All in all, a good week, I’d say! Food-wise, that is. I dropped my “new to me” iphone 5s in the toilet. That was fun, but you know, not. I could lie and say it was the kiddo’s fault, but it was mine. All mine. I heard the ker-plunk and it was like a slow-motion movie scene with me all, “Ohhhhhhhh, nooooooooooo!” Then, everything moved really fast and I remember the daughter-type saying, “Turn off, mommy, turn off!” as I was frantically trying to turn the phone off. I have it wrapped in a paper towel in a bag of rice right now. I’m waiting 3 days to turn it on, though not expecting much. I know it’s just a thing, so it’s silly to be bummed, but it was my new toy.
Eh, it’s Halloween, so I’ll eat some candy! Candy, it is!