Italian Flavours

Italian Flavours

Consumers from here love and want Italian cuisine

Italian recipes are always on the menu in Quebec’s food service industry, be it at fine dining establishments or fast food restaurants.  We help you to find all that you need to produce quality Italian meals.
Internationally renowned for its gastronomy, Italy is famous for its pasta and  pizza, all found on five continents. The reality of modern Italian cooking is way wider. To continue featuring this cuisine, find all the essentials in our warehouse store

Osso buco with tomatoes, ratatouille, parsley, citrus and crispy garlic

By Chef Ian Perreault

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Portions: 4

Difficulty: easy


Osso Buco

  • 4 large grain-fed veal shanks (1.5'' thick)
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 L chicken broth
  • 1 L stewed tomatoes
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Sufficient quantity of olive oil
  • Sufficient quantity of unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Parsley salad (gremolata)

  • ¼ bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • Zest of ½ an orange, chopped
  • Zest of ½ a lemon, chopped
  • Sufficient quantity of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 250 g red pepper, cut into 5 mm cubes
  • 250 g yellow pepper, cut into 5 mm cubes
  • 250 g eggplant, cut into 5 mm cubes
  • 250 g zucchini, cut into 5 mm cubes
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 5 mm cubes
  • Half a bunch of chopped basil
  • Sufficient quantity of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Crispy Garlic              

  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced with a mandoline

The Recipe Steps

1. Osso buco

Brown the veal shanks in olive oil and season.
Add the onions and garlic.
Glaze with the red wine and add the rest of the ingredients.
Transfer to an ovenproof dish.
Bake covered for 2h30 at 375°F.
Let marinate in their juices for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Transfer to a pan.
Heat the sauce, strain through a sieve, reduce to half volume and whip with butter.

2. Ratatouille

Sauté each vegetable individually in olive oil and season.
Drain and cool.


3. Parsley salad

Mix all the ingredients.

4. Crispy garlic

Fry the garlic at 350°F in a deep fryer and set aside on a paper towel.

5. Final steps

Reheat the shanks with the sauce in the oven at 350°F for 15-20 minutes.
Reduce the sauce if necessary until it coats the shanks, check the seasoning.
Warm up the ratatouille, add the basil and place at the bottom of four plates. Place the osso buco with the sauce on top and garnish with the gremolata and crispy garlic.

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