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Tuesday, January 10 2012
Humanely raised veal is becoming more widely available at top butcher shops. Butcher-chef Tia Harrison recommends choosing veal shoulder or rump roast, which are more economical than other cuts of veal but still delicious. Harrison likes to braise them; here, canned fire-roasted tomatoes give the dish a smoky flavor.


Cedric Angeles
Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8

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Ingredients
2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 6-pound boneless veal shoulder, cut into 8 equal chunks Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 cups dry red wine1 28-ounce can whole fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed 1 cup chicken stock 1 6-ounce can tomato paste 5 garlic cloves, smashed3 bay leaves 3 3-inch rosemary sprigs 2 star anise pods 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice2 pounds fingerling potatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Directions
1 In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Season the veal with salt and pepper. Add 4 pieces of the veal to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer the browned veal to a large plate and repeat with the remaining 4 pieces.
2 Add the red wine to the casserole and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom. Return the veal and any accumulated juices to the casserole. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, star anise, celery, carrots, and onion and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the veal is tender, about 2 hours.
3 Add the potatoes to the casserole, cover and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Season the stew with salt and pepper.
4 Discard the bay leaves, rosemary sprigs, and star anise. Transfer the veal to large shallow bowls. Spoon the potatoes and sauce over the veal, sprinkle with lemon zest, and serve.

MAKE AHEAD
The braised veal can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
 
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