Shanks are the cut used to make osso buco. This cut is also great for making stews or broth because of the marrow bone in the middle of the meat.
1 lb beef shank
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small leek, sliced fine (white part only)
1 garlic clove, minced
ground black pepper
1⁄2 cup white wine or 1⁄2 cup dry vermouth
1⁄2 cup chicken broth or 1⁄2 cup beef broth
1 sprig rosemary
1 lemon, zest of, grated
1⁄4 cup Italian parsley, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Sprinkle beef with salt on both sides. Heat oil in a small pot with a tight lid until it shimmers. Add beef and brown well on both sides.
Turn beef on its edge and move to sides of pot. Add onion, carrot, leek and garlic. Saute briefly, until onions and leeks start to go limp. Add pepper, wine and broth. Scrape bottom of pot to dissolve any accumulated fond. Lay beef back down on top of vegetables and lay rosemary across the beef. Cover tightly and transfer to oven. Braise in oven 2 hours.
Combine grated lemon zest, minced parsley and minced garlic.
Serve beef topped with gremolata. Vegetables may be served alongside or discarded, as you like.