This delicious long slow braise was originally a Milanese speciality of veal shanks (cut crossways to get the circular bone) braised with vegetables, white wine and Veal Stock. Often garnished with Gremolata it is traditionally served with Risotto alla Milanese.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 25g flour, to dust
  • 4 pieces of veal shin, about 4cm thick
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, cut horizontally
  • 2 strips of lemon zest
  • 4 sage leaves
  • 200ml white wine
  • 250g Bone Roasters Veal Stock
  • For the gremolata
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Set a casserole dish wide enough to hold the meat in one layer over a high heat, and add the oil. Put the flour on to a small plate and season generously, then use to coat the meat. When the oil is hot, add the meat to the pan and brown well on both sides until golden and crusted. Set aside on a plate.
  2. Turn the heat down and add three quarters of the butter to the pan. When melted, add the onion, carrot and celery, plus a sprinkle of salt, and cook until soft. Add the garlic halves, lemon zest and sage to the pan and cook for a few minutes more.
  3. Turn up the heat then add the wine to the pan. Return the meat, standing it on top of the vegetables, and bubble until the wine has reduced by half. Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer.
  4. Turn the heat right down, cover and simmer for one and a half to two hours, carefully turning the meat over every 30 minutes, until it is tender enough to cut with a spoon. Meanwhile, mix together the gremolata ingredients.
  5. Dot with the remaining butter and allow to melt into the sauce, then serve with the Gremolata and Risotto alla Milanese

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