Barolo-Braised Veal

The veal marinates overnight in Barolo, so plan accordingly. If you can't find an affordable Barolo, try a Nebbiolo d'Alba; it's made from the same grape. Plus:  More Beef Recipes and Tips 

Barolo-Braised Veal
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
11 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 1/2 bottles Barolo (4 1/2 cups)

  • 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 2 whole cloves

  • One 4-pound boneless veal shoulder roast, tied

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup veal or beef stock or low-sodium broth


  1. In a bowl, combine the wine, celery, bay leaves, onions, carrots and cloves. Add the veal and marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning a few times.

  2. The next day, remove the veal from the marinade and pat dry; reserve the marinade. Season the veal with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Add the veal and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Add the reserved marinade and the veal stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the veal, skimming as necessary and turning the meat halfway through, until it's tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 140°, about 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Transfer the veal to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Strain the cooking liquid into a medium saucepan and boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard the strings from the roast and carve it into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Serve with the braising liquid.

Serve With

Cooked carrots and creamy polenta.

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