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Osso Bucco de Porc à la Milanaise : Un Délice Réconfortant

Milanese Pork Osso Bucco: A Comforting Delight

The Origin of Osso Bucco

Osso bucco, an iconic dish of Italian cuisine, has its roots in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The term "osso bucco" literally translates to "holey bone", a direct reference to the cut of meat used for the dish: thick slices of shank with a bone in the center, rich in marrow. Traditionally prepared with veal, osso bucco is slowly simmered in a sauce made from wine and vegetables, giving it unparalleled tenderness and flavor. This comfort dish began as a way for families to uplift less prized cuts of meat, transforming humble ingredients into a delicious and nourishing delicacy.

Variations on a Classical Theme

Over time, osso bucco has evolved, giving rise to different versions that reflect local tastes and ingredients. The traditional Milanese recipe, "Osso Bucco alla Milanese", is served with gremolata – a mixture of parsley, garlic, and lemon zest – which brings a touch of freshness and liveliness to the rich and creamy dish. Outside of Italy, chefs have adapted the recipe using other types of meat, such as pork, which brings a new dimension to the dish without altering its essence. Whether prepared with veal or pork, the key to osso bucco is cooking it slowly, allowing the flavors to fully develop and the meat to become incredibly tender.

Pork Osso Bucco: A Modern Touch

Our pork osso bucco recipe is inspired by this tradition, while offering a tasty alternative to the classic version. By using pork, more accessible and just as succulent, this variation will appeal to palates looking for new taste experiences. Perfect for a family dinner or special occasion, pork osso bucco promises a culinary experience rich in flavor and history. Follow us as we discover this timeless recipe, adapted for modern cooks.

🔍 Information Details
⏱️ Preparation time 20 minutes
🍳 Cooking time 2 hours
⏲️ Total time 2 hours 20 minutes
🔧 Difficulty level AVERAGE
🍽️ Servings 4 people
🔥 Calories (approximate) 600 calories per serving


  • 4 slices of pork osso bucco, approximately 250 to 350 grams each
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 400g canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 glass of white wine (optional)
  • 1 bouquet garni (thyme, bay leaf)
  • 1 orange zest (optional, to add an aromatic note)


Optional side dish: Gremolata

Gremolata is a fresh and aromatic Italian condiment, perfect to accompany osso bucco and bring a note of lightness and spice to the dish. Here is a simple gremolata recipe:

Gremolata Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 large lemon (avoid the white part which is bitter)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (about a small handful before chopping)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Not only is gremolata traditionally served with osso bucco, but it can also be used to enhance other dishes, such as grilled meat or fish, providing a perfect finishing touch with its lively blend of garlic, lemon , and parsley.


Q: Can I prepare pork osso bucco in advance?
A: Absolutely, osso bucco is often even better the next day. Refrigeration allows flavors to develop further. Reheat it gently before serving, and add a little broth if necessary to keep the meat juicy.

Q: What type of white wine is recommended for cooking osso bucco?
A: A good quality dry white wine is ideal. Look for wines with good acidity, such as an unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines will complement the flavors of the sauce without the overpowering.

Q: Can other types of meat be used in this recipe?
A: Historically, osso bucco is prepared with veal shank, but pork offers a delicious and often more affordable alternative. You could also try with beef shank for a more robust and flavorful version.

Q: How can I serve osso bucco to make a complete meal?
A: Osso bucco pairs wonderfully with simple sides that soak up the rich sauce, like creamy polenta, pasta, or Milanese risotto. Add a fresh green salad to balance the meal.

Q: How can I adjust the recipe if I don't want to use wine?
A: If you prefer not to cook with wine, you can replace it with vegetable or chicken broth with a squeeze of lemon juice to add acidity. Keep in mind that the wine adds complexity of flavors, but the dish will still be flavorful with this substitution.

Q: What can I do with leftover gremolata?
A: Leftover gremolata is great on grilled vegetables, baked fish, or even as a topping for soups. It adds a touch of freshness and spice to almost any dish.

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