Pan-Roasted Veal Chops with Cabernet Sauce
- ACTIVE: 20 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 20 MIN Plus overnight marinating
- SERVINGS: 4
Chef Robert Wiedmaier gives butchering demos at the Butcher's Block in Alexandria, Virginia. At his restaurant next door, Brabo, he serves elegant dishes, like this veal chop. To make the wine sauce even more complex, use demiglace (concentrated veal stock) instead of beef stock and flour. Demiglace is available from dartagnan.com.
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
- Four 12-ounce, bone-in veal rib chops
- 2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2 large shallots, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups beef stock
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Potato Puree
- In a large, shallow dish, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the thyme sprigs and garlic. Add the veal chops and turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate overnight.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the wine with half of the shallots and boil until the wine has reduced to 1/2 cup, 15 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the remaining shallot and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, 3 minutes. Stir in the flour. Slowly whisk in the stock until smooth, then bring to a boil, whisking until thickened. Whisk in the reduced wine and simmer over low heat, whisking, for 30 minutes. Strain the sauce into the medium saucepan. Season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Remove the veal chops from the marinade; discard the thyme and scrape off the garlic. Season the chops with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook over high heat until richly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for about 10 minutes, turning once halfway through; the veal should be just pink in the center. Transfer the chops to plates and spoon the sauce on top. Serve with Potato Puree.
One pairing rule is that the wine used to make a sauce will almost always be great to drink with the dish (use good wine, though). Cabernet Sauvignon is terrific with these meaty chops. Try one from South Americafrom Argentina or Chile.