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Braised Veal Shanks With Garlic, Lemon, and Parsley

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“Also called Ossobuco alla Milanese, this recipe is from Cook's magazine. It's a nice combination of flavors and can be made 3 days ahead.”
2hrs 20mins

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  1. Peel and cut the onion and carrots into 1/2-inch dice. Cut the celery into 1/2-inch dice. Coarsely chop the tomatoes.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 350ºF. Pat veal shanks dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Tie the shanks securely. Dredge shanks in the flour.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a 5-quart dutch oven. Saute the veal shanks over high heat, turning to sear on both sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer browned shanks to a plate. Discard oil and heat the butter. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften and color slightly, about 10 minutes. Return the shanks to the dutch oven, placing them on top of the vegetables. Add the wine, chicken stock, tomatoes, and thyme and bring the liquid to a boil. Cover and transfer pan to the oven. Braise, basting every 30 minutes, until the meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Can cool, cover, and set shanks aside for several hours, or refrigerate in sauce up to 3 days).
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  5. For the gremolada, peel and mince the garlic. Grate 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Mince the parsley. Mix the garlic, lemon zest, and parsley; set aside. If shanks have been refrigerated, warm them over low heat. Transfer the shanks to a platter. Skim the cooking liquid and transfer the braised vegetables and the liquid to the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade; puree. Adjust the seasoning. Return the meat and sauce to the dutch oven. Sprinkle gremolada over the meat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the shanks are warmed through. Spoon sauce onto 6 warm dinner plates. Put shanks over the sauce and serve immediately.

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