The Neck Osso Buco
Cook Time & Temps
First, brown for 3–5 minutes per side over medium-high heat
Cook covered for 2–2 ½ hours on low
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Neck Osso Buco is best when cooked slowly and patiently. Although it is a little tougher than other cuts, a long cooking time will help tenderize it and will result in amazing flavor that will be well worth the wait. Leftovers always taste even better the next day, so go ahead and make a big batch!
Serving size: 1 pack serves 2–3.
Preferred Seasonings: Salt and pepper are a good start, but spices control the direction of the flavor profile for your finished dish. Adding aromatics, savory vegetables and fresh herbs help create layers of flavor. You can use the classic mirepoix of celery, onion, and carrots or get creative by using other ingredients. Adding an acidic component like wine, vinegar, beer, lemon juice, etc., will also help tenderize the meat.
Choosing your fat: Cook with a good amount of fat to add moisture. Choose oil or fat with a high smoking point necessary for a good sear—ghee butter or rendered fats like lard or tallow, or avocado oil.
Neck Osso Buco is perfect for dishes that call for shredded meat. Try it in tamales, pies, soup and sandwiches. It also makes a great pasta sauce or pizza topping.
- Pre-heat your dutch-oven or heavy-bottom pot with a tight fitting lid over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes.
- Once the pot is hot, add 2–3 tbsp of oil/fat.
- As soon as the oil is ripping hot, place the neck shanks in the pot, and sear undisturbed for about 3–5 minutes per side—It will get smoky but don't worry, adjust the heat to medium temp.
- Add more oil/fat if necessary.
- Once they're browned, remove the shanks from the pot and set them aside.
- Lower heat to medium (or medium-low if the pot is too hot to avoid burning the following ingredients)
- Then add in your savory vegetables, spices, aromatics and sauté until fragrant and softened.
- Return the neck shanks, and add in just enough liquid such as bone broth, wine, or beer to cover the meat. scraping up all those delicious bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Bring to a gentle boil, then turn the heat to low and cover with lid.
Let it cook, checking every so often until the meat is tender (about 2–2.5 hours)
- Keep the lid on throughout cooking to trap the moisture inside and help keep the meat juicy.
- To thicken the sauce, remove the lid during the last 10–15 minutes of cooking. That lets the liquid evaporate but will also concentrate the stew's flavor.
*Extra Browning Tips
Browning the meat is the first and most important step to a flavorful stew. Don't skip the browning step. It may seem like an extra bit of work, but it's worth it!
Some key things to keep in mind for a proper browning:
- Pat each shank dry—this helps keep it from steaming instead of searing.
- Make sure the pan is hot—add the meat when the oil starts to shimmer and smoke just slightly.
- Avoid overcrowding the pan and leave a few inches of space between the pieces of meat—if necessary, cook meat in smaller batches. This also ensures even cooking and prevents crowded meat from steaming instead of searing.
- Once you put the meat in a pan, let it be. The meat needs a few minutes of uninterrupted contact to sear properly—it will actually stick to the bottom of the pan at first and then release naturally when seared.
Cooking this cut will require at least 2–2.5 hours. Insert a fork into the thickest part of the neck shank. It should slide easily and the meat should be meltingly tender.