These bone-in veal shanks –osso buco in Italian—are proof on the plate that raising animals the right way produces tasty results.
Many say that cooking meat on the bone makes for a more flavorful dish, with added depth, nuance and texture.
And when you braise our beautiful veal osso buco in white wine and aromatics you’ll know why. Fall-off-the-bone delicate meat and little pockets of quivering marrow offer a satisfying meal every time.
Osso buco, meaning “pierced bone,” is a traditional Italian term for the cross-cut veal shank, usually from the top of the thigh.
With a high proportion of meat to bone, this is a cut made tender by slow cooking.
Make osso buco the centerpiece for a large dinner party and prepare to accept the compliments.
Just the facts
- Exclusively available at D’Artagnan
- Humanely raised in a stress-free environment
- Never caged or penned
- 5 Freedoms compliant, a strict EU standard
- Male Charolais and Limousin breeds
- Raised to 6 months, a maximum of 450 pounds
- Milk-fed; 14 days on mother’s milk, then a high-quality natural milk formula
- No antibiotics or hormones
- Never irradiated or injected with any substance
- Sold in an uncooked state
- Product of France
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
Like everything else at D’Artagnan, our veal is raised humanely to produce the best flavor. This is the only place in the United States you will find this exquisite veal. We work exclusively with a cooperative of small farms in Southwest France that raise Charolais and Limousin breed cows, prized for meat, not dairy production. The veal calves are not simply a by-product of the dairy industry but are raised for their quality meat. They live in group housing, in open spaces with clean straw bedding, free to socialize with other calves in a sunlit, comfortable environment.
Their diet is different than the average veal calf that is removed from mother’s milk immediately. Our calves get mother’s milk for 14 days before being weaned onto a milk-based formula for the remainder of their life cycle. They are not grain-finished as is so common in veal production.
This is an important distinction because mother’s milk is important in building and stabilizing a young mammal’s digestive processes. In this more costly process calves are properly weaned to ensure they have an easy transition to a milk-based formula feed. They also get a daily ration of natural ruminants to aid in digestion, along with clean, mineral-enriched water, and iron. This important nutrient keeps the calves healthy and is often withheld by other veal farmers to produce pale veal meat.
Our French veal complies with the “5 Freedoms” statutes of the E.U., a guarantee that far exceeds the humane standards for veal in other countries. These are the freedom to express normal behavior; freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom from fear and distress.
We are proud to work with these French farmers who are famous for providing the highest quality veal to the best restaurants, and butcher shops throughout France and Europe. After all, France is the largest consumer of veal in the world, and expectations of quality are high.
Dredge in flour and pan sear the osso buco before placing veal in the braising liquid.
Plan ahead and braise osso buco in a slow cooker for effortless and savory results.