Yes I know Osso Bucco is traditionally made with Veal and that osso bucco is usually made with white wine, however even in Hungary where Veal is relatively easily available the shin of veal is nigh on impossible to find, so this recipe is a sideways glance at a traditional recipe but one that the InstantPot deals with beautifully and one myself and my wife really love. Whilst I was converting this recipe from my old slow cooker version it became quickly evident that it cooks perfectly in exactly the same amount of time that it takes to cook polenta. Sure coking polenta is similar to risotto, it is a labour of love, lots of stirring but it is the law to stir with a glass of wine in your hand (isn’t that a Rolling Stones song?) and it just so happens that this recipe for Osso Bucco, leaves an open bottle of wine on the table.
I’ve been cooking with the InstantPot now for a couple of months and in the main I love it, the flavours when cooking stuff under pressure are immense, some how much more defined than slow cooking and naturally a fair but quicker. There is one function that I have used so far that I find disappointing and that is the saute function, it works well for softening vegetables and is real sweet for reducing sauces which really is needed when pressure cooking, however for browning meat it is woefully under powered. For the record I don’t see it as being a massive negative or a reason not to buy the InstantPot, it is what it is, it has 600w of power, the main rings on my induction hob pack 2.5kw of power, of course the InstantPot is ‘weaker’. So when browning meat as is the case in this beef osso bucco recipe I choose to use a frying pan on my main hob, it is just a better tool for the job and so long as you deglaze your frying pan and transfer the liquid to the InstantPot you are loosing no power. You can of course use the InstantPot but it will take you longer, but do what you feel comfortable with. I have an agreement with my wife, so who ever cooks does not wash up so I have no issue with using that extra pan hehe.
I’m so glad we have made it to the middle of January, much of our winter entertainment comes from going to watch sports, whether that be Football (the real one), waterpolo or handball but unfortunately they all have a winter shutdown so no sports over Christmas. However both football and waterpolo are now back in full flow and handball is back next week. We chose Szolnok as our sporting ‘town’, it is our closest City and the capital of the county we live in and it has the most comprehensive sporting complex I have seen sat on the banks of the River Tisza that features a football stadium, waterpolo pool, indoor handball arena alongside a fencing club, tennis club, squash club and a thermal spa, seriously impressive. The waterpolo team is superb and we went to a European match last wee, unfortunately the football and handball teams are not quite so successful, both competing in the second tier of their respective championships, although as a Brimingham City fan I am kinda used to that.