Osso Buco is simply an old Milanese dish of veal shanks braised with wine and vegetables. However, since I have a freezer full of beef that’s what I’m using. I think the beef gives it a richness and makes it slightly more substantial.
The best thing about osso buco is that it doesn’t require a lot of attention and it makes the house smell great. In that respect, it’s a great dish for a dinner party. You’re still able to mingle and have a glass of wine (or two) and the dinner is served hot and delicious. I served mine with a parmesan polenta and spinach, walnut and pear salad with a basil-pomegranate dressing. Delicioso!