Stewed Loin of Veal

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 1h 40m

Serves 6

This recipe appears in La Maison Rustique, which was published in 1745. Since the Middle Ages, veal has been considered, like poultry, a meat for aristocrats, and for people of weak health. It was regarded as more digestible and finer than beef or other red meats. This idea of refinement and digestibility has lasted to our day, and it retains the image of a luxury meat.


  • 1 thick veal steak, about 2 1/2 pounds
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white vermouth
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 24 thin green asparagus spears
  • 4 artichoke hearts
  • 6 1/2 ounces small wild mushrooms, such as mousserons (small edible mushrooms), or morels
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (stock)


Season the veal with salt. Heat the oil in an oval casserole. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and heat until melted. Add the veal and shallots and brown on all sides over low heat, about 15 minutes; the outside of the veal should be lightly caramelized.

Pour the vermouth into the pot and cook until it evaporates. Pour in the wine and cook, covered, over low heat for 1 hour. Turn the meat frequently.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Cut the asparagus tips into 2 3/4-inch lengths; reserve the stalks for another use. Quarter the artichoke hearts, then cut each quarter into 3 thin strips. Rinse the mushrooms and wipe dry.

After cooking the meat for 1 1/2 hours, pour the broth into the pot and add the vegetables. Cook for 20 minutes, turning the meat and vegetables once. When the meat and vegetables are tender, remove from the pot and keep warm.

Boil the cooking juices until very thick. Whisk in the remaining butter; the sauce will be very thick and golden.

TO SERVE: Slice the roast and arrange on a plate. Garnish with the vegetables, blanket with the sauce and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2678

nutrition information per serving

378 calories; 19g total fat; 169mg cholesterol; 186mg sodium; 8g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 38g 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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