Thor Would Eat Bone Marrow…or, Osso Buco

Julie and Charles Mayfield are a wonderful couple, who wrote Paleo Comfort Foods. This cookbook is so full of win. Today, I thought I would try my hand at their Osso Buco recipe, granted…I took liberties and didn’t have all the ingredients. So, it’s more like my bastardization of their recipe. It turned out fabulous and delicious.

Edited March 27th, 2015. I haven’t touched that cookbook in years. Ain’t gonna, neither!

But, before I go into it, I gotta talk about my day yesterday.

I WAS SO BAGGED YESTERDAY. I had a rotten night sleeping. When I came home from work, I plopped myself on the couch and watched some videos on TED. I heart TED Talks so bad. Anyway, I actually fell asleep during a video, sitting upright on the couch, Mac in my lap. I woke up a few minutes later. The video was over, and I was like ‘Eff this’, so I put my lappy aside, curled up into a ball on the couch and passed out immediately. I slept like a cat! Deep, wonderful, heavy sleep. The phone rang. I heard it. Nahhhhhhhhh. I’m too cozy. My cat Harry was whining like the bitch he is. Bah. I don’t care. Sleeeeeeeep is so nice right now. I slept for a good two-and-a-half hours! I woke up groggy, and felt like I could sleep for days. But man, did it ever feel good to nap!

When wifey came home from her mother’s, we made tea, and watched Thor. Thor is so badass, I’ve seen it three times in two days. Yes, that’s right. Three times, in two days! I’m a comic book movie nut, so this is perfectly normal to me. After the movie, I was still pretty tired, and going to sleep at a reasonable hour was still perfectly do-able.

When your body is telling you something you ate is bad, or you’re lacking sleep, you have to listen to it. There are repercussions when you don’t listen: you get sick, your productivity goes way down, you feel mentally exhausted. We must listen to our bodies, as they are, in a way, our own internal doctor. When eating and living Primal, we tend to use ourselves as on-going science experiments. We study and read fervently, tweak things, try something different, cater and listen to our bodies.

Speaking of listening to our bodies, this afternoon, I was starving and started whipping up this recipe for Osso Buco. It is an Italian meal of veal shanks with the bone-in, chock full of nutritious, incredible marrow. It is cooked slowly until tender and truly nourishing.

This recipe is for two, but double it and have leftovers!

Osso Buco with Peppers and Onions

2 veal shanks
1 large onion, cut into large chunks
1 orange pepper, 1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks
3 – 4 carrots, cut into chunks
1/2 can of crushed tomatoes
3 – 4 garlic cloves, chopped
Lard, or coconut oil
2 tablespoons each: sage, marjoram, tarragon, rosemary
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup of bone broth or beef broth

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Preheat a large frying pan on medium high, add your lard or coconut oil, about 2 tablespoons. Season the veal with salt and pepper, and add them to the pan. They’re sizzling, right? Good. Now, don’t touch ’em! Leave them for about 3 – 4 minutes. When you’re ready, carefully flip ’em on the other side.

Once these are beautifully browned, remove them carefully from the pan and set them aside on a plate. Your pan should still be hot, so add your onions in, and season with salt and pepper. Get them nice and browned, stirring or tossing like the professionals do, if you are so inclined. Next, add your peppers and garlic. Cook for a few more minutes. Careful not to burn your garlic. Add your sage, rosemary, marjoram and tarragon. Your veggies should be caramelizing beautifully, turning a rich, dark brown. That’s perfect! Add your beef/bone broth to deglaze the pan. Next, add in your crushed tomatoes.

Add this huge pan full of gorgeous veggies to a large baking dish. Add in your veal shanks on top. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and stick ‘er in the oven for about 1.5 hours, to possibly 1 hour and 45 minutes. This really depends on the size of your shanks, and your oven.

I demolished this meal. It was filling, flavourful and yes, I ate the marrow! Stick your knife down there, and scoop out the buttery, tasty goo. Don’t look at me like that. Just effing try it! Wifey tried it, and commented that it tasted like oats or barley. I have to agree. But richer, and creamier.

Enjoy your Osso Buco! Let me know how you like eating bone barrow 😉

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One thought on “Thor Would Eat Bone Marrow…or, Osso Buco

  1. Therese says:

    Hi there, thanks for the recipe, I made it last night, turned out beautifully, very tasty, I don’t think I have ever used that many fresh herbs before, I really like the flavour they added.
    I got to adding the broth and all of a sudden noticed the carrots. Whoops I thought, scoured the instructions, oh no he doesn’t mention them, so not sure where to add em, and being a bit OCD when it comes to following recipes I just threw them in with the broth and tomatoes and hoped for the best, silly reasoning of course because they will all cook down nicely in the oven and absorb the flavours 🙂
    I ended up cooking it in a square cake pan, and instead of foil just used another one as the seal, worked a treat! Saving this in pepperplate.

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