Tender French morels add an intense and smoky flavor to the veal sauce. Slideshow:  More Veal Recipes 

October 2001


Credit: © Lisa Linder

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  • In a heatproof bowl, soak the morels in the boiling water until softened, about 30 minutes. Remove and rinse under running water, rubbing to loosen any grit. Let the soaking liquid stand.

  • Season the veal with salt and pepper. In a very large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the oil. Add the veal and cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook until browned on the bottom and the meat is just pink inside, about 3 minutes. Transfer the veal to a warmed platter and cover loosely with foil.

  • Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the same skillet. Add the shallots and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom, until almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the morels and their liquid, leaving any grit behind. Cover and simmer over low heat until the morels are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and any veal juices and simmer over moderately high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the crème fraîche and simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

  • Return the veal medallions to the skillet and simmer for 1 minute, turning once. Transfer the veal and sauce to a platter or plates. Garnish with chives and serve with steamed new potatoes.

Suggested Pairing

A full, plummy Merlot-based wine with a supple texture, rich fruit and hints of herbs and earth will stand up to this rich veal dish.