Leanne’s Osso Bucco

Osso Bucco is a winter dining must; when Leanne De Bortoli suggested it as a match with De Bortoli Windy Peak Heathcote Shiraz, I asked if she had a favourite recipe.

And guess what? She’s shared her own recipe Leanne’s Osso Bucco with us.

Leanne’s Osso Bucco


6-8 slices of veal shank
Plain flour to dust
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 anchovies, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup of red wine
500ml beef stock
810g tin diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon each of basil, oregano and thyme
1 bay leaf
2.5cm strip lemon rind


1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons chopped parsley


Heat the butter and oil in a pan. Add onions, carrots, celery, anchovies and garlic. Cook gently until soft. Remove and transfer to an oven proof dish. Coat veal with the flour, salt and pepper. Using the same pan as the vegetables, add veal and cook until browned. Remove and add to oven dish. Drain excess fat from pan, add wine, stock, tomatoes, herbs and lemon rind. Bring to the boil and season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over shanks, cover and bake in oven for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occassionally. Combine gremolta ingredients in a bowl.

To serve, ladle Osso Bucco over polenta or potato mash, making sure you use lots of the sauce. Sprinkle with gremolta and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe by Leanne De Bortoli

While I’ve been enjoying most of the revamped De Bortoli Windy Peak wine range over the last few months, I think my newly acquired bottles of De Bortoli Windy Peak Heathcote Shiraz (unlike this recipe) might have to wait. The reds are going into my (broom closet) cellar.

Postscript for cooks: my theory is to only use a good wine in cookery. Use a wine that’s good enough to drink; the quality of the wine effects the flavour of the finished dish.


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One Response to “Leanne’s Osso Bucco”

  1. Lizzy (Good Things) says:
    May 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I have first dibs on the marrow please!!!

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