New Year’s Eve Recipes, the tradition around our house is a quiet evening at home with a nice meal and a movie. Osso Buco is always the star on the menu but the supporting cast may change from year to year.
After pouring through numerous cookbooks and databases below you’ll find my final selections for our stay at home New Year’s celebration recipes. Colorado style. The star of the night, Osso Buco, braised veal shank. So much easier to make than you think, and so very special.
Let’s start with the appetizer.These are such fun little appetizers to make. Just sear four sea scallops in a fry pan in olive oil until cooked through. I prefer my cast iron for this. It sears scallops beautifully. Then cut the scallops in half and build your little sandwich:
- 1 thick slice of apricot, which has been sautéed in olive oil for a few minutes each side
- 1 small slice of prosciutto
- Drizzle with a sauce of 1/4 cup Greek style whole milk yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar and salt and pepper
- Garnish with pea shoots
We love olives around our house, and we always enjoy a bowl of Warm Rosemary Garlic Olives.
This year I decided to try this Roasted Golden Beet salad with Tangerines, Pine nuts and Raspberry Vinaigerette. Easy, healthy and a beautiful bright addition to our meal.
Arrange the beets and tangerine sections on plates and drizzle with the dressing. Top with the toasted pine nuts.
The Wine: Bob and I both agreed this is the best wine we’ve ever tasted. EVER. A gift from my boss.
Osso Buco is so creamy delicious and easy to make. Sautee chunks of carrot, celery, leeks, a sprig of rosemary and some sage leaves in some olive oil in your Dutch oven until browned. Add floured and browned veal shanks and roast for a couple of hours and you’ve got an incredibly delicious veal entree. You’ll find the complete recipe below.
And if you’d like to consider a veal chop recipe, take a look at the Pan Roasted Veal Chops with Red Grapes.
Green Vegetable Medley: A perfect side dish for the Osso Buco. I found this recipe years ago in Martha Stewart Magazine. Easy and delicious (not to mention healthy).
Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks)
- 1 large leek white part only
- 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced
- 2 ribs celery siced
- 1/2 preserved lemon chopped
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 leaves fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 can tomato juice small can
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 cup flour
- 2 large veal shank
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degreesHeat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large heavy pot with cover over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, celery, rosemary and sage and cook, stirring until vegetables are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in preserved lemon, tomato paste, broth, ketchup, vinegar.Remove from heat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, generousy season veal shanks with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour until lightly coated. Shake off excess flour.
Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add veal shanks and sear, turning once, until well browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
Place veal shanks in pot with vegetables, cover and transfer to oven. Cook until meat is fork tender and falling off bone, about 2 1/2 hours. Serve with risotto or plain steamed white rice or mashed potatoes.
Happy New Year to everyone!