Hubby doesn’t eat beef anymore so once in a while I make a beef dish using pork. This particular one is Osso Buco but using pork leg.
about 1 kilogram of lean pork leg pieces
1/4 cup flour, seasoned with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
7 pieces small Spanish onions
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 big carrot and/or potato, cubed
handful of celery leaves
1 tablespoon cooking wine
1 can diced tomatoes (with juices)
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
2 pcs. bay leaves
Clean the pork leg pieces by rubbing with salt and rinsing then parboiling. Dry thoroughly with paper towels. Dredge in seasoned flour mixture. Shake off excess; set aside. Heat butter and oil together until butter melts. Brown the pork leg pieces on each side, around 5 to 8 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
Sauté garlic and onions until fragrant in the same pan. Add carrots and/or potatoes and celery leaves. Put the beef shanks back in the pan and mix in the cooking wine and diced tomatoes. Add enough water or stock to cover everything and throw in the spices.
I always use my magic cooker to cook this dish. But it can be cooked with a slow cooker as well, or a pressure cooker.
When the mixture boils, I let it simmer about 10 to 15 minutes on the stovetop and then put the pot into the magic cooker. After 4 hours, I check if the meat is tender. If it is not, then I place the inner pot on the stove and let it simmer another 15 minutes then it goes back into the magic cooker for another 2 to 4 hours.
To cook in a slow cooker – Simmer over low for about 4 hours or until meat is tender.
To cook in a pressure cooker – Pressure cook for about 25 minutes. Wait for pressure to dissipate before opening the pressure cooker.
After the pork is cooked until tender, use tongs to gently transfer the pork leg pieces to a serving dish.
Cook the sauce over low-medium heat and simmer until reduced to desired consistency. Check and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
Hubby liked the dish very much!