Cooking with Mario Presents: Veal Osso Bucco!

Classic Italian cuisine focuses on delivering classically robust flavors with simple ingredients. Throughout the ages, Italian cooking has focused on combining a strong protein with a medley of vegetables and rich sauces to enhance the overall dish’s flavor profile. When done correctly, the memory of the perfectly executed Italian meal can stay in a person’s memory for years. One such staple of classic cookbooks is the classic veal, Osso Bucco! Chef Mario goes into detail with his take on this culinary classic.

What Sets Chef Mario’s Osso Bucco Apart

Chef Mario starts with a healthy dose of salt and pepper for his tied bone-in veal shank. After applying your seasonings, you’ll want to dredge your veal chops in a little bit of flour. The flour coating helps to seal in the natural veal juices during the cooking process. Get your shanks into a hot pan to get started searing them off. Four minutes per side should get the chops to the right temperature. 

What helps set veal Osso Bucco apart from other traditional Italian dishes is the vegetable-based sauce that borders on a soup-like texture to deliver on the classic flavors. After you finish cooking the veal shanks, you deglaze the pan with white wine and start cooking the vegetables in the veal juices. A combination of peppers, baby bella mushrooms, onions, and plum tomatoes will help give your Osso Bucco the depth of flavor you find in the traditional dish. Chef Mario likes to ramp up the spice a bit, so he adds crushed red pepper flakes to the dish. 

As you start to get familiar with the recipe and how Chef Mario approaches flavor combinations and cooking techniques, you can then take the time and effort to put your unique twists on this culinary classic. Advancements in the kitchen come about by taking established recipes and finding ways to honor the classic flavors and putting your creative spin on the meal. 

With the help of Chef Mario and his spins on classic Italian cuisine, you can get inspiration for your upcoming social distancing parties in the Philly area! Like, Follow, and Subscribe to Cooking with Mario to learn more about Chef Mario’s Italian cuisine approach! And don’t forget, Catering by Mario’s can also help Bucks County residents with restaurant catering!