Description: Veal shank the lower portions of both the front and rear legs, is legendary for its rich, smooth, melting texture.
Meat Characteristics: Shank meat is tough and lean, with small muscles surrounded by connective tissue. Braising turns it smooth and rich.
How much should I buy: For Osso Buco one crosscut round, 12 to 20 ounces each, per person. A whole shank serves four. You may also serve a smaller whole veal shank.
Common flavor combinations: Bay leaves, cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, golden raisins, lemons, marjoram, oranges, porcini mushrooms, red onion, white truffles, white wine.