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The Project: Osso Buco

January 30, 2010 |  6:03 am

Osso First, the bad news: This recipe for osso buco takes 3 1/2 hours.

But that's also the good news.

Braising is one of the easiest ways to cook -- it's so forgiving. And most of the work is done by your stove, or oven. Essentially, a braise cooks itself.

That's why it's perfect for weekend cooking -- when you're doing chores around the house, or curled up on the couch catching up on your TV watching. Just check in every now and then, and you'll be rewarded with a rich, tender, falling-off-the-bone dinner.

What to serve that osso buco with? How about lemon risotto? You might also like to try lamb shanks braised with Merlot or cider-braised pork chops with fennel.

-- Rene Lynch

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Photo caption: It's a classic: Osso buco prepared in traditional style starts with browned veal shanks that are mixed with pancetta, mushrooms and aromatic vegetables then gently simmered in a rich veal stock. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

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