Osso Bucco, Slow Cooker; getting the foot

I’m getting into this slow cooker thing…..

This was another hit: the veal was falling off the bone, moist and flavorful.

It was also totally unplanned as so many of our dinners are.

Oh, the dinners involving pork chops or chicken breasts are always planned, but whenever I’m looking for something specific and a bit nicer for a weekend dinner it’s always a gamble.

I’ve now learned that on my grocery list I put lamb chops or veal chops or veal roast, make plans for all three, hope for the best and think I’ve got it covered.

Then I see beautiful veal shanks which are as rare as hen’s teeth in these parts….. (I never put them on my grocery list,….)

Slow Cooker Osso Bucco

Total time: 8 hours


  • 2 – 4 nice size veal shanks  enough for 2,  I had 3
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium leek, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) white wine
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 cups (15oz, 450gr) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay (laurel) leaf
  • 2 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water, optional

Osso Bucco


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. 
  • Flour veal shanks and fry until starting to brown, about 7 minutes per side.
  • Put leek, carrot, celery, garlic into the slow cooker.
  • Put veal shanks on top of the vegetables.
  • Add wine, broth, tomatoes, paprika, and herbs.
  • Cover, turn slow cooker on low and cook for 7 hours.
  • Stir once if you feel like it.
  • Optional: 30 minutes before dinner turn slow cooker to high and stir in the cornstarch mixture for a thicker sauce.

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It is now legal in France for motorcycles to drive between lanes of traffic – going down the white lines.

They have always done it, so that’s nothing new….. It’s just that now it’s actually legal.

There were signs up on the motorway around Bordeaux. 3 or 4 lanes in both directions, reminding drivers that ‘motos’ could now drive between the lanes.

As a driver, one has to be vigilant because the cycles could be coming up fast on either side when traffic is congested. They tend to sneak in where-ever the opening looks best.

On the motorways, at 130 kmph (80 mph) the motorcycles usually pass properly like everyone else, but when traffic starts slowing they slip in and around, weaving nicely and leaving us cars behind.

Car drivers are, for the most part accommodating, moving slightly to the right or left to give the cyclist a bit more room.. The cyclist, in turn, normally ‘gives a foot’ as a thank you: The foot nearest the car is extended briefly in a quick salute.

In Bordeaux the other day, in rush hour traffic, a motorcycle passed us on our left. We pulled over to the right slightly and the car in the lane next to us pulled slightly to the left. The cyclist gave us ‘the foot’ and gave the car next to us ‘the hand’ at the same time.

Proper thank you’s are almost getting acrobatic.

Last update on February 14, 2016

5 thoughts on “Osso Bucco, Slow Cooker; getting the foot”

  1. That is the norm here but the taxi’s (minibuses) are worse. They think nothing of driving in the emergency lane on the left and then turning right across all lanes of traffic at the next traffic lights. If that is not an option during rush hour, they drive in the face of oncoming traffic and expect them to get out of the way!

  2. I so love Osso Bucco. Veal shanks on the Big Island don’t exist. It will be my birthday dinner at the only French restaurant here. No Italian restaurants here either that are not junk. Lucky you found them.

  3. Kate, it feels like it sometimes – Barcelona is terrible that way.

    Gill, that would be terrifying! It hasn’t come to that yet here….

    Zoomie, they do it everywhere here – always have…. even on the motorways at 130 kph.

    Phoenicia, I see them so rarely and they never have them if I ask. So I grab and enjoy. Now I want an Italian restaurant…. We’ll have to go to Italy again.

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