How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 325
  • Add pancetta to a Dutch oven or heavy pot (one that can be used for cooking on top of the stove as well as in the oven)
  • Add 1/2 stick of butter - stir frequently as you melt butter with pancetta or oil
  • Remove cooked panceta from pan and set aside
  • Season the veal shanks with a liberal coating of the salt and pepper
  • Then coat the veal shanks in a moderate dusting of flour
  • Add veal to the pot and brown on both sides, then remove from pan and set aside
  • Add celery, carrot, garlic, onion, and herbs to the pan to cook about 8 more minutes.
  • Add the veal as well as the pancetta back to the pan, along with tomato paste. Add the wine and some of the the combined stock until you have covered the veal half way.
  • Let pot simmer on the stove for 3 minutes
  • Place pot, or Dutch oven, in the oven and cook for 90 minutes.
  • Make gremolata:
  • Combine and very finely chop all ingredients and serve in a separate dish as a topping, or sprinkle for the dish.
  • Provide small spoons to each person in order to scrape out the (by now) very flavorful veal marrow.
  • Serve over risotto or rice.

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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    That sounds so wonderful - love the flavors and variations...this is the kind of dish we love. Thanks so much for sharing your mother's recipe - those are priceless!!
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    merlin ate it and said...
    This sounds like a great variation to a classic. Thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Great cool weather dish!
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    mamalou ate it and said...
    sounds perfect!
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  • angelica14 11 years ago
    I'm so glad that you like it. I tried to find as many variations on ingredients that I could find. I couldn't find many. I truly hope that your husband likes it.
    I love lemon thyme, too. Here in Florida it is particularly fragile. It is so hot here that our planting season runs from October through late April. We are really in the tropics.
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    elgab89 ate it and said...
    Just perfect recipe! I love the pancetta add on to this recipe - great tip! And lemon thyme is the best, I have planted last year and unfortunately it did not hold over the winter here, this year I could not find it anymore... I will use the regular one for now. Excellent posting!
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