Lamb Osso Bucco

lamb osso bucco

lamb osso bucco

Lamb is highly rated in our family.We LOVE lamb!!! (shanks and chops the most) It’s very rich and yet so delicate and mild.

Lamb Osso Bucco  is a comforting delicious Italian lamb dish that is aromatic and full of flavor.The meat is seared and then braised in a flavorful sauce until tender and nearly falling of the bone.

Osso Bucco is Italian for bone with a hole and refers to the marrow in the center of the cross cut shank. The reason for cutting is to expose the richness of the bone marrow.So you can prepare the shank as is or have a butcher cut the shank crosswise for vital nutrients.

 

Ingredients:

6 lamb shanks (or crosscut shanks-osso bucco style)

1 onion sliced

3-4 carrots cut in chunks

4-5 celery and/or fennel cut in chunks

7 garlic cloves

14.5 ozs. diced tomatoes or 2-3 fresh tomatoes

8 ozs. tomato paste

2 cup red wine

1 cup beef or chicken broth/stock

1 tablespoon dried oregano

4 rosemary sprigs

6 thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

salt

black pepper

oil

 

Directions:

Heat a dutch oven or frying pan with oil.

Season lamb with salt and pepper.

Sear on all sides until well browned.

Sear in batches.Add more oil if needed.

Remove each batch and set aside.

Add onions,carrots,celery/fennel to the pot.Add  more oil if needed.

Stir and Sauté for approx. 10 minutes.

Add tomato paste,oregano, and 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 whole garlic cloves.

Continue to saute stirring for another 3 minutes.

Add red wine,stir and cook for another minute or two.

Add tomatoes,stock/broth,bay leaf,salt and pepper.

Transfer shanks back to dutch oven or a large baking dish.(pour sauce over shanks if using baking dish)

Arrange sprigs of rosemary and thyme in between the shanks.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cover with foil and braise the shanks for 2 hours.

Turn the sides and continue to braise for another 1 hour.

Remove foil and braise uncovered for 20-30 minutes.

When done the meat should be tender and nearly falling off the bone.

Serve over mashed potatoes,risotto,rice, or pasta with your choice of vegetables.Pour sauce over the shank as much as desired.

-I served with mashed potatoes,steamed broccolini and organic veggie mix from Trader Joe’s(corn,green beans,peas and carrots).

 

 

Lamb Shank Osso Bucco

Lamb Shank Osso Bucco

Ingredients

  • 6-7 lamb shanks (or crosscut shanks-osso bucco style)
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3-4 carrots cut in chunks
  • 4-5 celery and/or fennel cut in chunks
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 14.5 ozs. diced tomatoes or 2-3 fresh tomatoes
  • 8 ozs. tomato paste
  • 2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth/stock
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a dutch oven or frying pan with oil.
  2. Season lamb with salt and pepper.
  3. Sear on all sides until well browned.
  4. Sear in batches.Add more oil if needed.
  5. Remove each batch and set aside.
  6. Add onions,carrots,celery/fennel to the pot.Add more oil if needed.
  7. Stir and Sauté for approx. 10 minutes.
  8. Add tomato paste,oregano, and 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 whole garlic cloves.
  9. Continue to saute stirring for another 3 minutes.
  10. Add red wine,stir and cook for another minute or two.
  11. Add tomatoes,stock/broth,bay leaf,salt and pepper.
  12. Transfer shanks back to dutch oven or a large baking dish.(pour sauce over shanks if using baking dish)
  13. Arrange sprigs of rosemary and thyme in between the shanks.
  14. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  15. Cover with foil and braise the shanks for 2 hours.
  16. Turn the sides and continue to braise for another 1 hour.
  17. Remove foil and braise uncovered for 20-30 minutes.
  18. When done the meat should be tender and nearly falling off the bone.
  19. Serve over mashed potatoes,risotto,rice, or pasta with your choice of vegetables.Pour sauce over the shank as much as desired.
  20. -I served with mashed potatoes,steamed broccolini and organic veggie mix from Trader Joe's(corn,green beans,peas and carrots).
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Easter Bread (Paska,Kulich) Recipe

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Easter bread-paska-kulich

Easter bread(paska/kulich) is a Russian traditional classic Easter bread. It’s made of sweet yeast dough mixed in with dried fruit like raisins.This recipe comes from my grandmother (Moms Mom),that passed away long time ago,who was an awesome cook and famous for her borscht recipe.Now I think you can see where I got love for cooking….It passes along the line I guess.

Easter bread is made with lots of egg yolks and butter.Similar to brioche or Italian Panettone.It’s a richer version of sweet bread yet is wonderfully light and soft and sweet.Traditional Easter bread is made in round cylinder type molds.But,really it doesn’t matter what shape it is.I like to use regular bread pan or spring foam pan or even muffin pan.I also made some personal breads using a small round mold from Sur La Table ( .40 cents each or .75 for larger one).So you can get panettone molds or choose any mold /pan you like.This recipe is my favorite.It stays fresh like from day 1 (not dry) for few days for sure.

Ingredients:

10 egg yolks

2 cups warm milk

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon yeast

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup melted butter (3 sticks)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons oil

2 cups + 4 cups canadian flour (highly recommended)*

1 -1 1/2 cup raisins (I prefer jumbo or golden raisins) soaked in hot water for 10 min and drained.

* If you can’t get canadian flour ,your second choice would be bread flour, and third choice all-purpose flour. Most Russian stores and Winco Foods carry Canadian flour.

Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons choice of milk,heavy cream,squeezed lemon juice,or squeezed orange juice

 

Directions:

Combine warm milk with 2 cups flour and yeast.Mix well and set aside covered.

In a stand mixer,whip egg yolks with sugar.

Gradually add vanilla,salt,oil and butter to egg yolks.Add milk and flour mixture to egg yolk and butter.Mix until well combined.

Replace whisk attachment with dough hook attachment.

Add in 4 cups of flour and raisins.

Mix dough well.

Cover dough with plastic cover and towel.

Place the bowl with dough in the warmest place in your house or microwave (don’t turn it on).Let the dough rise(about 2 hours).

Divide dough among all molds and let it rise.(about 20 minutes)

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your molds and until the outside is golden brown.

To make glaze:

Combine powdered sugar with milk,cream,lemon juice,or orange juice.

Apply to the tops of easter bread/paska when cooled at room temperature.

Easter bread-paska

Combine warm milk with 2 cups flour and yeast.Mix well and set aside covered.

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In a stand mixer,whip egg yolks with sugar.

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Gradually add vanilla,salt and butter to egg yolks.Add milk and flour mixture to egg yolk and butter.Mix until well combined.

 

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Replace whisk attachment with dough hook attachment.Add in 4-5 cups of flour and raisins.

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Mix dough well.

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Cover dough with plastic cover and towel.Place the bowl with dough in the warmest place in your house or microwave (don’t turn it on).Let the dough rise(about 2 hours).

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Divide dough among all molds filling them half way.Heat oven to 325 degrees.Bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your molds and until the outside is golden brown.

 

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When cooled at room temperature,remove from molds and apply glaze.Add sprinkles if desired.

Easter Bread (Paska,Kulich) Recipe

Easter Bread (Paska,Kulich) Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup melted butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 + 4-5 cups canadian flour (highly recommended)*
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup raisins (I prefer jumbo or golden raisins) soaked in hot water for 10 min and drained.
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons choice of milk,heavy cream,squeezed lemon juice,or squeezed orange juice

Instructions

  1. Combine warm milk with 2 cups flour and yeast.Mix well and set aside covered.
  2. In a stand mixer,whip egg yolks with sugar.
  3. Gradually add vanilla,oil,salt and butter to egg yolks.
  4. Add milk and flour mixture to egg yolk and butter.Mix until well combined.
  5. Replace whisk attachment with dough hook attachment.
  6. Add in 4-5 cups of flour and raisins.
  7. Mix dough well.
  8. Cover dough with plastic cover and towel.
  9. Place the bowl with dough in the warmest place in your house or microwave (don't turn it on).Let the dough rise(about 2 hours).
  10. Divide dough among all molds.
  11. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  12. Bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your molds and until the outside is golden brown.
  13. To make glaze:
  14. Combine powdered sugar with milk,cream,lemon juice,or orange juice.
  15. Apply to the tops of easter bread/paska when cooled at room temperature.
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Poppy seed roll

Poppyseed rolls

Poppyseed rolls

 

I think poppy seed roll to Russians/Ukrainians is like cinnamon rolls to Americans.They are classic European sweet dough rolls with homemade poppy seed walnut filling.

Nothing beats homemade fresh goodies like pastries,rolls, and buns.The smell of baking fills the house making kids to wait impatiently for them to be done. Seriously….They are the best tasting rolls and especially good with cold glass of milk.

If for any reason you don’t like poppy seeds,you can make them with other variety of fillings like walnut+sugar,fruit preserve,raisins+sugar,cranberries or melted butter+sugar.

Ingredients for filling:

1 1/2 cups poppy seeds

1 cup water/milk

1 – 1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup walnuts

Dough:

2 cups warm milk  (not hot)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)

4 large or 5 medium eggs

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon yeast

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 1/2 – 7  cups flour  [amazon asin= highly recommended or all purpose flour*

1 egg for egg wash

 

*Most European/Russian stores and Winco Foods carry it.

Direction using bread maker:

1.Add sugar to milk.Stir until sugar disolves.Stir in yeast and set aside.

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2.In another mixing bowl whisk eggs,sour cream,oil,salt,vanilla.

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3.Melt butter,let it cool.

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4.Whisk in milk mixture to egg mixture.

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5.Whisk in butter.Add flour,mix and transfer dough mixture to bread maker.

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6.Set your setting on “dough”.

With stand mixer:

1.Follow steps 1-4

2.Whisk  in butter.Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl.

3.Add flour.

4.Mix dough with hook attachment.Starting on med-low speed and increasing speed gradually to highest.

5.Cover bowl with plastic wrap.Place the bowl in the warmest place in your house covered with blanket or towel.

I like to place it in the microwave(don’t turn it on!).

6.Let dough rise,about 2 +/- hours.

 

Place poppy seeds in a small saucepan and cover with water.Bring to boil then reduce heat to low  and cook for 10 minutes.When cooled,grind poppy seeds with walnuts using meat grinder.If you don’t have one you can use coffee grinder or good blender(if you don’t have any of that,it’s still ok not to grind).Grind before cooking poppy seeds.Mix in sugar and set aside.

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Prepare egg wash-whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water.

Apply a little bit of oil to your hands and rolling pin if needed.

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Divide the dough in half for 2 large rolls or  in three parts for 3 medium rolls.

Roll out the dough into rectangular or oval shape.Spread thick layer of poppyseed mixture.Roll it up half way and tuck in the sides and continue to roll all the way. Carefully place the roll on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Poppyseed rolls

Preheat your oven on lowest setting for 5 minutes and turn it off.Place rolls in slightly warm oven.Let rolls slightly rise for about 15-20 minutes.Apply egg wash and bake rolls on 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

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Let them cool completely before slicing.Enjoy with tea,milk or coffee.

 

Poppyseed rolls

Poppyseed rolls

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups poppy seeds
  • 1 cup water/milk
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Dough:
  • 2 cups warm milk (not hot)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)
  • 4 large or 5 medium eggs
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Direction using bread maker:
  2. 1.Add sugar to milk.Stir until sugar disolves.Stir in yeast and set aside.
  3. 2.In another mixing bowl whisk eggs,sour cream,oil,salt,vanilla.
  4. 3.melt butter,let it cool.
  5. 4.Whisk in milk mixture to egg mixture.
  6. 5.Whisk in butter.Add flour,mix and transfer dough mixture to bread maker.
  7. 6.Set your setting on "dough".
  8. With stand mixer:
  9. 1.Follow steps 1-4
  10. 2.Whisk in butter.Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl.
  11. 3.Add flour.
  12. 4.Mix dough with hook attachment.Starting on med-low speed and increasing speed gradually to highest.
  13. 5.Cover bowl with plastic wrap.Place the bowl in the warmest place in your house covered with blanket or towel.
  14. I like to place it in the microwave(don't turn it on!).
  15. 6.Let dough to rise,about 2 +/- hours.
  16. Place poppy seeds in a small saucepan and cover with water.Bring to boil then reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.When cooled,grind poppy seeds with walnuts using meat grinder.If you don't have one you can use coffee grinder or good blender(if you don't have any of that,it's still ok not to grind).Grind before cooking poppy seeds.Mix in sugar and set aside.y seeds.Mix in sugar and set aside.
  17. Prepare egg wash-whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water.
  18. Apply a little bit of oil to your hands and rolling pin.I add a small amount of oil to the surface too.
  19. Divide the dough in half for 2 large rolls or in three parts for 3 medium rolls.
  20. Roll out the dough into rectangular shape.Spread thick layer of poppyseed mixture.Roll it up half way and tuck in the sides and continue to roll all the way. Carefully place the roll on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  21. Preheat your oven on lowest setting for 5 minutes and turn it off.Place rolls in slightly warm oven.Let rolls slightly rise for about 15-20 minutes.Apply egg wash and bake rolls on 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.Let them cool completely before slicing.Enjoy with tea,milk or coffee.
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Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted rack of lamb

Roasted rack of lamb

Roasted rack of lamb is a festive dish at holidays like Christmas, New Years and Easter.The meat is tender and juicy with a little herby crust.

Ingredients for 2 racks-

8 garlic cloves

1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

4 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

salt and fresh ground better ( I used about 1 tablespoon)

Direction:

Using a blender,combine all the ingredients.

Rub the marinade all over lamb racks.

Marinade for at least 8-12 hours in the fridge.Bring meat to room temperature before roasting.(about 1 1/2-2 hours)

Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Place racks on baking sheet and roast for  about 15 minutes.

Reduce heat 450 degrees on bake for another 15-20 minutes*

Remove from oven, let rest covered with foil for at least 5 minutes.

Carve and serve right away.

* If you prefer your meat more rare,roasting time will be less.

 

Roasted Rack of Lamb

Ingredients

  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh ground better ( I used about 1 tablespoon)

Instructions

  1. Using a blender,combine all the ingredients.
  2. Rub the marinade all over lamb racks.
  3. Marinade for at least 8-12 hours in the fridge.Bring meat to room temperature before roasting.(about 1 1/2-2 hours)
  4. Heat oven to 500 degrees on broil.
  5. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  6. Place racks on baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat 450 degrees on bake for another 15-20 minutes*
  8. Remove from oven, let rest covered with foil for at least 5 minutes.
  9. Carve and serve right away.
  10. * If you prefer your meat more rare,roasting time will be less.
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