Football Food

The other day I invited my mother over to watch my beloved Buckeyes play some football. So what should I serve for a football game?

Wings? Pizza? Chili?

I decided to go a whole different route and went gourmet. I served Osso Bucco, braised red cabbage and risotto. My secret is that most of the work was done before the game started and was ready to eat at halftime.

The Osso Bucco is a tender veal shank that is braised for two hours. It is so tender and delicious.

There were four of us and I had three medium to small shanks and one real big one. Guess who got that one!

Putting a sear on the veal. I did slice the big one in two to promote more even cooking.

Frying up the aromatics.

With the liquids and ready for the oven.

Two hours later.


Osso Buco


  • 6 12 ounce veal shanks
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 medium celery sticks, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 fl oz dry white wine
  • 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Cornstarch slurry


1) Preheat oven to 350°

2) Season veal on all sides with salt and pepper.

3) Melt butter over medium high heat, brown both sides of each shank; set aside.

4) In juices, sauté onion until golden brown. Add carrot and celery and sauté until tender. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add white wine and simmer until reduced by 1/2.

5) Stir in tomatoes and broth. Add veal and bring to a simmer. Add bay leaves and braise in oven for 2 hours.

6) Remove from oven, and set veal aside. Add cornstarch slurry and simmer until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Categories: Italian, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Recipes, veal, vegetable3, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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9 Comments on “Football Food”

  1. October 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Even I would watch a game if I got to eat this!


  2. October 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    this does look good, but since the jets are getting their backside tanned, I made a pot of chili…


  3. October 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I LOVE osso bucco! And now thanks to you I have a craving 🙂


  4. October 29, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Lucky, lucky football friends!


  5. October 29, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    That looks delicious. I sometimes cook veal osso buco but I usually make it into a goulash. Same slow cooking though. 🙂


  6. October 29, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    We had red cabbage last night, too – great this time of year. My hubbie makes a mean Osso Bucco but hasn’t since last winter. Must remind him that maybe the season for it has arrived once again 🙂


  7. October 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    my grandmother used to make these for Christmas…. love them!


  8. 3pastriesaday
    October 30, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Mmm osso bucco is so tasty! Perfect football food. Perfect anytime food. haha



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