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.



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


black pepper




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).







Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza

This creamy garlic chicken pizza is favorite pizza in our family.It’s made of creamy garlic sauce, chicken,red onions, green onions and bell peppers (if desired). You can use any type of chicken,cooked,grilled, rotisserie ,and even canned.I also like to add a little bit of smoked mozzarella cheese on top and red pepper flakes.

Your choice of chicken cut in to square bites or pulled apart
shredded mozzarella cheese
shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
green onions finely chopped
red onion sliced
your choice of bell peppers(optional)
tomatoes (optional)
Parmesan cheese

Don’t add chicken for meatless/vegetarian pizza.

Ingredients for the dough:
serves 2 (14 inch)pizza crust
dough recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

3 1/2-4 cups flour (preferably bread flour)
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F.
2 tablespoons olive oil,plus 2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Combine the flour, sugar(or honey),salt, yeast in the bowl of stand mixer and combine.While the mixer is running,add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball.If the dough is sticky,add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time,until the dough comes together in a solid ball.Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth,firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with 2 teaspoons olive the dough in the bowl,and cover with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area.(I cover the bowl with blanket).Let it double in size,about 1 hour.Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces.Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let them rest for 10 minutes.

White sauce ingredients:
8 cloves garlic finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
2 (heaping) tablespoons  ranch ( I used Litehouse brand)*optional
if you like you can add a pinch of each,dried parsley,oregano,thyme
or fresh chopped parsley.

*You can also combine just ranch dressing with garlic.

Heat oil in sauce pan on medium heat.add garlic, cook for about a minute(be careful not to burn it).Add flour and mix until combined well with garlic.slowly add the cream and milk stiring all the time.Add ranch salt,pepper and all dried herbs (optional)

Heat oven to 415 degrees

Spread the dough on to the pizza pan.poke the dough with fork. transfer to the oven, and bake for 5 minutes.
Take it out from the oven.Spread the sauce all over the crust.add some cheese and your desired toppings,and sprinkle with little more of cheese.Bake the pizza for about 5-8 minutes. sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.serve and enjoy!