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Vitello Tonnato

Well it’s the last day of summer on this side of the world but we’re still hanging on for a while longer. Vitello tonnato is a true holiday dish and one we can never resist when we see it on a menu – forever summer!

You need to cook the veal and make the mayonnaise the night before you wish to serve.

Wine suggestion: naturally this goes with a range of Italian wines, either white or youthful reds. Make sure they aren’t too lush though and keep a bit of acidity or else the caprrs will work against you and you’ll lose the delicate flavour balance. To push out of this comfort zone though we headed east to Greece and a new found favourite: Thymiopoulos’ Xinomavro Jeunes-Vignes from Naoussa. With hints of youthful Burgundy and Piedmont, touches of crunchiness, delightful earthy red fruits and plenty of class to match the dish.

Vitello tonnato – serves 6

  • 2 banana shallots, halved lengthways
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 1 celery stick, halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • small bunch of thyme
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 200ml white wine
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 600g rose veal fillet, trimmed of any fatty bits and sinew

FOR THE MAYONNAISE:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 198g tin tuna in sunflower oil, drained
  • 1 tbsp baby capers, drained
  • 1½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt, plus extra to season
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 50ml olive oil

TO GARNISH:

  • 2 tbsp baby capers, drained
  • roughly chopped parsley
  • 12 caper berries
  • lemon wedges

Put the shallots, carrot, celery, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, wine and chicken stock into a large saucepan. Add 1 tsp of salt and bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Place the veal into the stock, then turn down to a bare simmer and poach for 15 minutes, turning regularly. Remove from the liquid and set aside to cool. Keep 100ml of the cooking liquid for the mayonnaise.

When the veal has cooled, season it generously with black pepper and wrap tightly in clingfilm. Put in the fridge and chill overnight.

To make the mayonnaise, put the egg yolks, tuna, capers, 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, mustard and sugar into a food processor. Season with salt and black pepper. Whizz until well combined, then gradually add both the oils and blend until smooth and thickened.

Add 2 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid and blend again to give a soft consistency, add a bit more if you need. Spoon the mayonnaise into a bowl, then season again and add some more lemon juice if needed. Cover the surface with clingfilm and chill in the fridge overnight.

When ready to serve, slice the veal very thinly and arrange in overlapping slices on a platter and top with spoons of the tuna mayonnaise. Garnish with baby capers, parsley and caper berries, then season again with black pepper and a little salt. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

(Recipe from the Hairy Bikers’ Meat Feasts by Si King and Dave Myers, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015.)

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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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Corsican Veal and Olive Stew

We were lucky enough to find some rose veal from Broughgammon Farm in County Antrim. These guys do online delivery but we were able to pick some up from the McNally Family Farm in North Dublin. They also do fabulous goat and free range pork. This veal stew by the Hairy Bikers has fab flavours and the herbs, fresh tomatoes and white wine make it relatively light so perfect for this time of year with extra sunshine and warmth.

Wine Suggestion: from the Tuscan coast is a rising star, Biserno, who at the top end are making some stunning and expensive wines. However to kick off their range their Insolglio del Cinghiale which is a blend of 1/3 Syrah with Cabenet Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot making up the remainder is a true gem. All the quality of the top wines with the refined Cab Franc shining bright but also with quite an open and expressive Syrah as the core.

Corsican veal & olive stew – serves 4-6

  • 1kg rose veal shoulder, cut in 4cm chunks (we bought two packs of diced rose veal, the cut was leaner than shoulder but it worked perfect)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g pancetta or streaky bacon lardons
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500ml white wine
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 piece of lemon zest
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a large sprig of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 200g fresh tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 50g green olives

Dry the veal with kitchen paper, then toss in the flour and plenty of seasoning.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the veal in batches until well browned on all sides. Add another tbsp of oil between batches. Set the browned veal aside.

Heat another tbsp of oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the pancetta/bacon and fry over a medium high heat until browned and crispy. Add the onions, celery and carrots, then reduce the heat a bit. Fry these gently for about 10 minutes or until starting to soften and colouring slightly.

Add the garlic and continue to cook for another couple of minutes, then add the veal. Deglaze the frying pan with some of the wine, then pour this over the veal. Add the rest of the wine, the chicken stock, lemon zest, herbs and plenty of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and olives and cook the stew for another 30 minutes, uncovered to reduce the sauce if needed. We served with new potatoes.

(Original recipe from The Hairby Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure by Si King & Dave Myers, Seven Dials, 2017.)

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Lasagne bianco

This ‘white’ lasagne is a bit different as it has no tomato sauce. Very rich and delicious though.

Wine Suggestion: we think that this dish suits earthy whites and happily suggest the Salwey Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from Baden in Germany which is a gem, but could also suggest a Vin Jaune from the Jura, or the Jean Fournier Aligoté from Burgundy (one of the few brilliant examples of this grape).

White Lasagne – serves 6

  • 15g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150g pancetta cubes
  • 500g veal mince
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml white wine
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp of thyme leaves
  • 8-10 fresh lasagne sheets (or use dried ones)

FOR THE BÉCHAMEL:

  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 750ml milk
  • a good grating of nutmeg
  • 100g Parmesan, grated

Put the porcini into a small bowl and pour over enough boiling water to just cover.

Heat a little olive oil in a large pan and cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the pancetta and cook for a few minutes until the fat is released. Add the veal mince and cook until it starts to brown. Break it up well with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Stir in the flour.

Chop the porcini and add the the pan with the soaking liquid (leave the gritty bits behind in the bowl). Add the wine, stock and thyme and season. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes until the sauce is reduced and sticks to the mince. Depending on how much mushroom liquid you added it may take a bit longer.

To make the béchamel, melt the butter in a pan then add the flour. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, then gradually pour in the milk until you have a smooth sauce. Cook for a few minutes, then stir in the nutmeg and most of the Parmesan and season.

Heat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5.

Layer the mince, lasagne sheets and béchamel in a baking dish, finishing with a layer of lasagne and béchamel. Sprinkle over the rest of the Parmesan and bake for 40 minutes until golden.

(Original recipe by Lulu Grimes IN: Olive Magazine, September 2015.)

 

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Veal Cannelloni

This is a delicious party dish from Croatia where the cooking has lots of Italian influences. Most veal these days is ethical rose veal (even in Italy, where they’re adamant it’s the traditional production methods) so don’t write off veal too quickly … it’s definitely worth trying.

Wine Suggestion: definitely drink a Croatian white if you can find one but failing that try a white from Eastern Italy, like a good Verdicchio or Pecorino.

Veal Cannelloni – serves 6

  • 250g dried cannelloni tubes
  • 300ml tomato sauce (see recipe below)

For the filling: 

  • 650g veal mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 45ml olive oil
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 15 turns black pepper
  • 300g fresh spinach, wilted over a medium heat, drained and chopped
  • 15 rasps of nutmeg
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated

For the béchamel sauce: 

  • 75g butter
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 litre full-fat milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 50g Parmesan/Pecorino

Make the filling by combining the veal, onion and garlic in a food processor and pulsing briefly to make a coarse paste.

Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat, add the veal and cook until browned. Add the white wine, tomato puree, salt and pepper and keep cooking, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Stir in the spinach, nutmeg & Parmesan.

Next make the béchamel sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the flour to make a roux. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and slowly add the milk, whisking to avoid lumps. Return to the pan, add the bay leaf and stir until thickened. Add half the Parmesan/Pecorino and set aside.

Heat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4.

Spoon a ladle of the béchamel over the base of a large greased rectangular baking dish. Spoon some of the veal into each of the cannelloni tubes (use both ends of a teaspoon to do this).

Arrange the filled tubes in a single layer in the dish and pour the tomato sauce over. Cover with the remaining béchamel, top with the remaining cheese and bake for about 40 minutes. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

(Original recipe from Rick Stein’s Venice to Istanbul, Penguin 2015.)

 

 

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Milkman’s Pie

True inspiration by Jamie Oliver to use veal and cream in a shepherds pie – et voila … a Milkman’s Pie (veal being milk fed and then cream used in the dish).

Milkman’s Pie – to feed 6

  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 8 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 450g veal mince
  • 1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 110ml pale ale/bitter
  • 800g floury potatoes – we used Kerr’s Pinks
  • milk
  • 150g button or chestnut mushrooms
  • 200ml single cream
  • 50g Cheddar cheese

Cut the carrots and onions roughly into 1cm pieces then fry in a large pan with some olive oil and butter, a few good pinches of salt and white pepper, the thyme leaves and bay leaves. Cook on a medium to high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables have softened. Add the mince and flour, grate in the lemon zest and crumble in the stock cube. Keep stirring and breaking up the mince until the liquid from the meat starts to evaporate. When it starts to fry again and takes on a bit of colour, pour in the bitter and just enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a low heat and simmer with lid askew for 1 hour. Give it a stir every now and then.

When the mince has been cooking for about half an hour, preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Peel and quarter the potatoes and cook in a pan of boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and allow to steam in the pot for a few minutes, season well, then mash with a splash of milk and a some butter.

Finely slice the mushrooms and add to the mince, then pour in the cream. Season and bring back to the boil until the mixture has thickened a bit (we left ours a bit too liquid so be patient). Pour into a dish or tin and grate over the Cheddar. Spread the mashed potato on top and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until nice and brown on top. Serve with greens.

(Original recipe from Jamie’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver, Penguin 2011.)

Wine Suggestion: A light young simple Syrah from the northern Rhône – like a Crozes-Hermitage. We were tempted with white but in hindsight think a red would fare better – nothing too heavy we think is the key.

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