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Pot-roast Veal with Carrots and Orange

We’re very excited to be getting veal and goat from Broughgammon Farm in County Antrim. Last week we bought a veal roasting joint and it was incredible. The orange provides only a subtle background flavour, a bit like a daube. Serve with all your usual roast accompaniments – we had buttered new potatoes, green beans and cauliflower cheese.

Wine Suggestion: This dish is very French influenced and so a French wine is a good choice. A syrah is a great match, so choose a good local one with a little bit of age if you can. For us we raided our cellar for a lonely bottle of Pierre Gaillard’s Côte Rôtie Rose Pourpre 2010 which was all velvety spices, damsons, violets and plums. It had aged wonderfully.

Pot-roast veal with carrots & orange – serves 6

  • 1.5kg rump of veal or shoulder (rolled and tied)
  • a bunch of thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, one sliced and the other two bashed
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 800g new-season carrots, trim but leave a little of the green stalks
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • a sprinkling of icing sugar
  • zest of ½ an orange, pared into strips
  • 150ml white wine
  • 350ml chicken stock

When you get the veal home, remove the packaging and season it generously with fine sea salt or kosher salt, then leave covered in the fridge until you need it. Take it out of the fridge about an hour before you want to cook it.

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Tuck some sprigs of thyme and the sliced garlic into the veal. You can make some incisions with a small knife and push them in if necessary.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large ovenproof casserole. Spend 10-15 minutes browning the veal joint until really well coloured all over, then remove from the pan.

Add the shallot, carrots and icing sugar to the pan and toss around for about 5 minutes or until slightly caramelised. Remove the carrots and set aside but leave everything else in the dish. Add the rest of the thyme, the bashed garlic cloves and the orange zest. Set the veal back into the dish, then pour over the wine, followed by the chicken stock. Cover the dish and put into the oven for 1 hour.

Take the dish out of the oven, add the carrots, then return to the oven for another hour with the lid off.

The meat should now be deliciously tender. Let it sit for a few minutes before carving into slices and serve with the carrots and pan juices.

(Original recipe by BBC Good Food)

 

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