OSSO BUCCO STEW WITH PEAS
I have never lived in a truly cold place where it snows in winter. I had written once on instagram that I was freezing and a Canadian asked me what was the average temperature in Sydney during the winter. When I replied that it was 16 degrees celsius, I realised how silly I must have sounded!
Australia for the most part is pretty warm and during the day, the coldest it gets is around 10C, but if you know Sydney people, we are known for being weather wingers! LOL
So how do we love to keep warm? Easy! We love to eat comfort food! Some Aussie’s would say a meat pie is the ultimate winter comfort food but for me, it’s a hot stew (thinking about it…. this meal actually has similar ingredients to a meat pie with a side serve of mashed peas! hahaha)
Osso Bucco Stew is one of the most ultimate comfort foods. It is 120% satisfying, full of warm flavours and perfectly served with mashed potatoes to help soak up that flavoursome sauce. Best of all it’s a great meal to serve the whole family as the meat is so tender. I remember my mum used to make a similar meal when I was a kid (minus the broad beans) and I used to loooove it. Back then Mum would serve it with fries because it was my dad’s favourite way to eat potatoes however I find mashed potatoes soak up the sauce even better! Why not try both versions and see which you prefer?
4 large portions of Osso Bucco
200g broad beans
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
2 tbs olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large brown onions, diced
2 tbs tomato paste diluted in 4 cups stock (heated)
2 bay leaves
1 tbs fresh time leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp gluten free corn flour diluted in 1/2 cup cold water
Optional: instead of stock you can use 4 cups of water or 2 cups stock, + 2 cups water
Season Osso Bucco with sea salt and pepper. In a wide base pot add the olive oil and over a high heat add the meat and cook until both sides are seared. Remove onto a plate.
Over a medium heat, add to the same pot the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes until softened then add the parsley, bay leaves and thyme. Stir and combine well.
Add tomato paste and stock / water and bring to boil.
Return Osso Bucco to pot, making sure all 4 pieces are fully covered in stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour checking occasionally if more stock is needed.
Add peas, broad beans, corn flour mixture, seasoning and over medium heat further cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook uncovered to allow sauce to thicken.
Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing bay leaves and then serving. A delicious comfort food dish served on its own or with a side serving of mashed potato.