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Ossa Buco or Shin of Beef in Red Wine with a Saffron Risotto

This classic Italian recipe is the perfect winter warmer, a rich slow cooked shin of beef that is melt in the mouth tender and cooked in red wine, served with a creamy saffron risotto. I have made this recipe in partnership with Beef Steak wines, I have use the Malbec red that is available in many UK supermarkets.

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Serves 4

500g Shin of beef (we have used a hammer steak but you can use diced shin of beef)

2 tbsp Olive oil

Plenty of salt and cracked black pepper.

2 Medium white onions diced

3 Stick of celery chopped

2 Carrots chopped

3 Garlic cloves crushed

1 tbsp Rosemary chopped

250ml Red wine, I use a good Malbec, try Beefsteak its amazing for this recipe and available in most supermarkets

600ml Beef stock

For the risotto

2 tbsp Olive oil

2 Garlic cloves chopped

1 White onion finely chopped

2 Celery sticks finely chopped

Salt and pepper

200g Risotto rice or medium grain rice if you can’t get hold of risotto

200ml White wine

700ml Vegetable stock

30g Butter Salted

60g Parmesan grated

Here’s how

To cook the beef, drizzle the meat with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.

Pre heat a large non stick pan and cook the beef until golden on all sides.

Add the chopped onion, celery and carrots.

Add the garlic and scatter over the rosemary.

Stir the pan together to get all the ingredients mixing together.

Pour in the red wine followed by the beef stock and bring up to the boil.

Place a lid on the pan to trap all the heat and flavour in, then put in the oven for 3-4 hours at 160c or until the beef is cooked and tender.

You can also cook the whole thing in the slow cooker as well.

When the beef is cooked turn the oven off and leave to rest while you cook the rice.

To make the risotto, pour the oil into a shallow pan and add the chopped garlic, onions and celery.

Season with salt and pepper and cook while stirring for 3-4 minutes.

Pour in the rice and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.

Pour in the white wine and boil until the wine is almost evaporated.

Add the stock a little at a time, while continually stirring when the liquid has almost absorbed into the rice add more stock.

The rice should take approximately 20 minutes to cook so take your time adding in the stock and stirring the rice as this process will help release the starch from the rice and make for a creamy risotto.

When the rice is cooked add the butter and grated parmesan cheese before serving with the beef stew.


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