Wagyu Osso Buco Milanese a la Marketman â€“ boy, thatâ€™s a mouthful to say!!! Not to mention Japan meets Italy and Franceâ€¦ After I bought the Wagyu osso buco (previous post) at the Salcedo market, I got home and defrosted the meat and prepared to make the braising liquid for osso buco a la Milanese. Actually, I used Marcella Hazanâ€™s recipe so I shouldnâ€™t really use the â€œa la Marketmanâ€ tag but the Wagyu was my ideaâ€¦ I wonâ€™t even retype the detailed recipe, just use any good one you find in your Italian cookbooks, I have been using Marcellaâ€™s for ages. Essentially, the braise starts with chopped onions, celery and carrots sautÃ©ed in lots of butter. Add lots of garlic and lemon peel. Brown the floured osso buco by searing on a hot pan to seal in the juices. Throw away the oil and de-glaze with white wine and pour the white wine over the vegetables. Add bay leaves, parsley and thyme, some beef broth and chopped canned tomatoes. Add the osso buco to the pot and the liquid should go about 2/3 up the sides of the meat. Add salt to taste. Cover and stick the whole pot in the over at 350 degrees for up to two hoursâ€¦
The result was very very good. Not as good as using the finest veal osso buco but very close indeed. My worry that all the fat would melt away and leave very tough meat was unfounded. The meat was tougher than a good veal but not by much. Also, if you take care to turn them over and let them cook until they get really soft, you will end up with a delicious dish of osso buco. Because of the fat and marrow and the slow cooking, the sauce turns super creamy and is excellent with crusty bread. The key is not to rush this dish, take it slow and wait until the meat is tender and almost ready to fall off the bone! I was so thrilled with the results that I plan to buy more osso buco next week. And the total cost of this experiment? About PHP550 including all ingredients and cooking gas and it easily fed 4 adults. That is a per person cost of just PHP138 (USD2.50) â€“ totally amazing for a Wagyu Osso Buco Milanese, if you ask me!!!