Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Creamy Veal Scallopini Marsala with Local Veggies

The mister has been a super rock husband lately and so I decided that Monday's dinner would have a bit of fuss and fancy. The veal dish is quite easy as was preparing the sides. But I am not going to tell him that. We rounded out are meal with a glass of Amarone.

There is a sense of contentment that comes from using local produce in the summer. Just knowing it is fresh, fresh, fresh.

I dipped into our Roots and Shoots Farm CSA basket in order to make this meal work.

The purple, yellow and green beans create quite a colour statement. However, when they are steamed, the purple beans turn a dark shade of green.

Our veal marsala recipe uses garlic as well as shallots to create extra flavour in the mushroom sauce.

I had no idea what to do with these sexy zucchinis when they came in the basket. I lightly steamed them, cut them in half and then sautéed them to give them a bit of brown and a nutty butter flavour.

I used the brown skinned potatoes for this dish. Peel, roasted, tossed in olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh thyme and then into the oven at 375F for about 45 minutes. When roasting potatoes, I use my 9" x 9" stoneware pan. When there is just two of us, the big roasting pan is too much. The stoneware gives the potatoes a unique crisp.

The small selection of carrots were quartered lengthwise and roasted along with the potatoes.

With just a few tomatoes left, they became the last garnish on the plate.

Where do you get your veal scallopini? My veal scallopini came from the Glebe Meat Market on Bank Street in Ottawa. I usually just go there for their 1/2 litre bags of housemade stock - beef, chicken, vegetable, turkey and veal. I am curious to know where others shop for their veal scallopini. Have you found a favourite?

Creamy Veal Scallopini Marsala
Inspired by Canadian Living, Epicurious and The Food Network

3/4 lb veal scallops, pounded very thin
flour for dusting (salt and pepper incorporated)
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp shallots, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cups veal stock
1/4 cups Marsala
1/2 cups heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley (optional)

Once the veal scallops are pounded very thin (using flat side of meat cleaver between 2 sheets of waxed paper), dust veal lightly with flour mix.

In large skillet, heat oil with 1 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat. Cook the veal for about 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Remove and set aside. Continue until all the veal is done.

Melt remaining butter in skillet and sauté the mushrooms, for about 3 minutes or just until tender. Let them sit in the pan in order to get colour and caramelized edges. Too much moving will prevent this from happening. Add a little more butter if needed. Remove the mushrooms and place with the veal.

Add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Cook until softened, usually less than a minute. Stir in the veal stock and Marsala. Reduce by half. Add any juice that has accumulated around the veal and the mushrooms. Add the cream.

Reduce again to thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the veal and mushrooms back to the pan to reheat through. If using, sprinkle with parsley and stir in.

Makes 4 servings.

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