Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stacked Salad and Braised Osso Buco over Gnocchi

Stacked Salad with Country French Vinaigrette

Clean one head of Romaine Lettuce, separate, and dry the leaves.  
Discard the core.
Loosely layer 4 - 6 leaves of lettuce on a plate.

Scatter over stacks of lettuce:
1 Heirloom Tomato, diced
1 Spring Onion, finely diced - you can also use 2 - 3 Green Onions, thinly sliced
Drizzle with Country French Vinaigrette.

Sprinkle with Gorgonzola crumbles
Crumbled Bacon

Braised Osso Buco over Gnocchi

This dish isn't difficult to make, but it takes time, so is best made on a weekend or holiday.  The deep flavors are so worth the wait.  We were lucky enough to get grass-fed Osso Buco from Novy Ranches at the Channel Islands Farmers' Market.

Adapted from Wolfgang Puck

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place 2 4-inch thick pieces Osso Buco on a platter.
Sprinkle them with Salt and Pepper, then dredge them in Flour, coating both sides.

In a Dutch oven, heat 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil over medium-high heat.
Brown the Osso Buco.
Then remove from pan and reserve.

Add 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil to Dutch oven and saute:
1 Carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Onion, diced
2 ribs Celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 White Button Mushrooms, quartered
2 cloves Garlic, minced
Continue to stir and cook for 2 minutes.

Add in:
1 Roma Tomato, quatered
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
Continue to stir and cook for 3 minutes.

Deglaze Dutch oven with:
1 1/2 cups Dry White Wine
3/4 cup Red Wine
3/4 cup Port Wine

2 Bay Leaves
2 sprigs fresh Rosemary
4 sprigs fresh Thyme
2 Tablespoons Black Peppercorns

Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce until reduced by 2/3.

Return the Osso Buco to the Dutch oven and pour in:
1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
1 cup Beef Stock
1 Tablespoon Beef Demi-glace
Bring liquid to a boil and remove from heat.

Place a lid on the Dutch oven and place in the oven for 2 hours.

Remove meat from pan, and discard bones.  Cut meat into 2-inch chunks, or shred.
Strain remaining sauce.

Serve over prepared Gnocchi, cooked according to package directions, or made fresh.  Pour reserved sauce over meat and pasta.  Top with Parmesan Cheese.

This would also be excellent over Polenta or Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

If you have leftovers, discard Gnocchi and serve reserved meat and sauce over fresh pasta.

We served this with warm Ciabatta Bread and 2006 Chateau Rozier, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France.
Buon Appetito!


  1. I love osso buco, what a fabulous dinner!!

  2. I have yet to cook osso buco. Yours looks so delicious and comforting. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. This is an amazing meal. I just need a good glass of wine and this would be perfect.


  4. What a delightful dinner from start to end, I'll be there for sure. Love that stacked salad! Oh, what's for dessert?

  5. Osso buco is such a wonderful thing. I just love that you added port to it! Will try this.

  6. I would eat almost anything, if a pile of gnocchi was underneath. This does look lovely though :-)

  7. No worries, Susan - thanks for the sweet words! The dishes above look amazing, btw. :)

  8. Bill would never touch hummus, but he'd eat seconds of your marvelous osso buco over gnocchi! Fabulous!

  9. That braised osso buco is beautiful. My taste buds are singing just from looking at the photo!

  10. Hi Susan! Wow! This looks delicious. What a satisfying recipe! Thank you for sharing...and whetting my appetite for a late night dinner. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Osso buco is one of our favorites for Christmas Dinner. Hubby and I love it, plus it is something that can
    be prepared ahead. After all the cooking on Christmas Eve for the Feast of Seven Fishes, I am usually too tired to cook on Christmas Day. All of your dishes look delicious and so inviting.


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