Braised Veal with Portobello Mushrooms, Celery Root, and Toasted Pecans

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 35m

Serves 4 as an entrée

The soft, supple quality of merlot makes it an ideal choice for braised dishes that combine a lot of complementary flavors. The softer tannins and medium weight of the wine blend well with the savory veal, earthy mushrooms and celery root, and the toasted nuts. As a white wine alternative, it's surprising how well the richness of a full-bodied chardonnay pairs with this dish. RECOMMENDED WINE: Merlot ALTERNATIVE WINE: Chardonnay


  • 3/4 pounds veal stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces pancetta, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cups peeled and diced celery root
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 teaspoon fines herbes
  • 1 3/4 cups veal or chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese


Cut veal into 1-inch cubes. Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, sauté veal in butter and pancetta for 6 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, celery root, onions, garlic, paprika, caraway, and fines herbes and continue cooking for 8 minutes. Add stock and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/4 hours. Season to taste.

Spoon veal stew onto plates while very hot. Top with pecans and mozzarella. Serve with wild rice and sautéed spinach.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.

RecID 1506

nutrition information per serving

443 calories; 26g total fat; 109mg cholesterol; 479mg sodium; 18g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 33g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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