VEAL SCALLOPINI ALLA VANESSA
While this dish may seem easy and slightly outdated I recently tried it in a restaurant and it flared up my love again for this dish. Thats when I realized that if made well; with love and care this dish can be outstanding! When my sister's fiance Nicholas first started coming over for dinner he too confessed his love for this dish...and so this quickly became part of our household traditions, the meal I usually make Nicholas for his birthday!
- 120g veal slices (12 slices) thinly pound out
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley plus 2 tbsp parsley for garnish
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Additional salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3/4 cup 35% cooking cream
Using a meat hammer and a cutting board pound out each veal slice until it is the thinnest possible just before breaking. Season the veal slices liberally with salt and pepper.
In a bowl mix together the flour, parsley, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Dredge the veal slices in he flour shaking the excess flour off. Reserve.
In large skillet on medium high heat warm butter and olive oil. Add in the veal slices (2-3 at a time depending on the size) and cook 1 minute on each side. Reserve in a separate dish.
Once all the veal has been seared add in 2 cloves of garlic grated. Higher the heat to high and deglaze the pan with dry white wine. Reduce.
Add in the chicken stock and cooking cream. Add the veal back into the skillet and cook on medium high for an additional 20 minutes until the sauce is reduced and creamy.
Serve this dish with some freshly ground pepper and parsley.
Note that in this dish you can opt for the grain fed veal because it will be pounded out and cooked in a sauce. If you were just going to sear it without cooking in a sauce I would recommend the milk fed veal because it is much more tender.