Slow Cooker Osso Bucco

Slow Cooker Osso Bucco

I am now one of the believers. I made my first slow cooker (aka crock pot) meal on Sunday. It all came together thanks to a blogger event a month ago. I met the lovely folks from Hamilton Beach doing a display cooking demo. I told them I was fascinated by the slow cooking mania on the blogs and that I needed to get one…

Lo and behold, the next week a brand new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker in racy red arrived about a week later. After some tweeting and online recipe hunting I settled in on a modified Osso Bucco.  My version used lamb shanks, not veal, but I picked up the basic recipe from

preparation: 30 min
cooking: 5 hours
servings 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
3 big lamb (or veal) shanks, sliced 1 1/2″ thick
flour as needed
2 medium carrots, diced
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup red wine
22 oz can crushed Roma tomatoes
1¼ cups veggie stock
1 tablespoons dried thyme
1 tablespoons dried oregano

In a skillet, heat oil  over medium-high heat. Season shanks with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Brown veal both sides and set aside. Pour fat from pan. Add vegetables and garlic and sweat (no flame on stove just a lid on the warm pan). Deglaze with wine. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil.
Add herbs. Adjust seasoning. Put meat in a crock pot (slow cooker). Add vegetable mixture and cook on low for about 5 hours or until meat falls off the bone.

I loved cooking this way. After Sunday breakfast, before church, I did the prep work, then at 10:45 am on our way out the door I turned the cooker on. When we were ready to eat at 6pm everything was still warm.We served the meal over rice and had plenty left over.

My girls loved the tender meat (the 4 y.o. had seconds) and Mr. Momtrends was incredulous that I had been keeping this recipe from him so long. He offered to do all the clean up if I made the recipe again very, very soon.

Hamilton Beach did not pay for this post (though I wish they would become a sponsor of this weekly feature!) Products were shipped for testing purposes only.

  • Slow cookers are a busy mom's best friend. I've never seen this dish made in a crock pot before. Will have to put it on the must try list!
    Thanks for sharing it.


  • Oh my, I can smell it! Looks fabulous. What a great way to use your new slow cooker. :~D

  • I haven't had this in years – looks yummy!

  • Your Osso Buco looks terrific. I'm glad you have finally crossed over to the "dark side." Come link up for next week's Crock Pot Wednesday:) Thanks for hosting.

  • I am a convert for sure, I will definitely link up on Wednesday. I put it on my calendar!

  • That looks wonderful.

  • This looks delicious. The crock-pot was God's gift to busy women.

  • Jo

    What a great dinner!! Next time you're ready to venture out and make more meals with your crock pot you should check out They have main dishes, soups, stews, appetizers and desserts. It's a great site 🙂

  • Jo–thanks for the tip. Another reader told me to buy Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker.

  • A recipe that makes your hub. volunteer to do clean-up must be pretty amazing!!! 🙂 Great post!

  • I've had a crockpot for years, but just really started to use it. We don't eat lamb, but I'm going to try doing an Osso Bucco in it next time I find veal shanks. That's a snazzy crockpot; mine's "basic white."

  • Glad you've come on over to the dark side:) Come on over and join me for Merry, Merry Munchies 2010. There's a giveaway going on:)