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This week's Culinary SOS: Eggplant osso buco

October 29, 2011 |  6:30 am


This week's Culinary SOS comes to us from Danielle Pacholczyk in Pasadena:

We went to Santa Barbara and had very good lunch at Four Seasons-Biltmore. We wanted to order a vegetarian meal, and there it was on the menu, eggplant osso buco. You usually think of osso buco as meat, but that was eggplant in that shape of osso buco. It was served on a puree, drizzled with olive oil.... Delicious! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. Would it be possible to get the recipe?

One look, and I would never have guessed this dish was vegetarian. Seasoned, seared eggplant "steaks" (studded with hearts of palm to mimic osso buco) are plated over a rustic polenta, topped with a spoonful of rich mushroom Bolognese sauce and served alongside bright broccolini to make a rather stunning presentation. Adapted from a recipe by executive chef Alessandro Cartumini, this is one meal that may convert even the most ardent meat eater.

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Photo: Eggplant osso buco with mushroom Bolognese and rustic polenta. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times