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Jun 12, 2007 04:34 AM

2 lbs. of veal stew meat - what to do???

It's in my freezer waiting for the freezer burn to get it. I bought it on a cold day in early spring when I was still thinking of veal marengo or some other veal stew with green olives. Now that the days are warmer I can't get into the thought of a long braised stew. Anyone else have ideas for a summery meal that centers on this shoulder cut of veal? Thanks!

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  1. You'll still have to cook it slowly for a relatively long time. But for spring or summer, you will want something more like a blanquette of veal (light cream sauce with lots of spring vegetables) or something with lemon and rosemary and white wine. This is a beautiful spring dish and even though it's a "stew" meat, veal cooks more quickly than beef - so it won't take all that long. Think of it more like lamb.

    1. A blanquette is a very nice dish, but if the veal has been in the freezer a bit too long, I'd make veal meatballs and serve them either in a rich broth or with a very light, fresh tomato sauce--the kind you cook five minutes. This is a nice spring meal.Chop your partially frozen veal stew meat in the food processor, and mix with some finely chopped onion, parsley, nutmeg, parmesan, and a small amount of milk-soaked bread and an egg. Form loosely into balls, and fry.
      If you felt really ambitious, you could make veal tortolloni, ravioli, or even canneloni

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      1. re: janeer

        I think that canelloni or ravioli is a bit too ambitious and labor intensive for me. Any thoughts on a substitute for the milk in the recipe? I like the idea of meatballs in a light tomato sauce.

        1. re: KingsKetz

          If you don't want to use the few tablespoons of milk required, you can use water, or even white wine (although it will add flavor). You're basically just trying to moisten/soften the bread.

      2. the Philosophers Kitchen has a grand recipe for veal and fig stew that is far less hearty than a long slow beef stew would be. could be great with asparagus and brown rice salad and cheese to finish. Happy to dig it out for you if it apeals

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        1. re: stlSarah

          I do love the taste of figs. It sounds like an unusual combination. I'd be game to give it a try if you can post the recipe for me.

          Thanks to all for your responses!

        2. Just to further distract you, years ago I learned a (Romanian? it was a Romanian who gave me the recipe) recipe for veal stew. It has been quite a while since I've made it, so this is going to read very "old fashioned", i.e., no quantities. That's not a problem, because there's not a lot of finesse in this in terms of technique, or ingredients, but it is delicious. For techniques, just like you make a typical stew. I think that the flavours are suitable for spring/summer.
          stewing veal
          lemon juice
          white wine (or, in a pinch, *light* red)
          tinned tomatoes (this is one thing I do recall - not a large tin.... for 2lbs veal, eye it, but I say about14oz., before draining)
          white beans
          salt, pepper, thyme, flour for dredging
          Let it stew gently for an hour or so, turn off the heat, and let it rest, covered, until 20 minutes before serving. Gently reheat. Five to 10 minutes before serving, add coarsely ripped spinach leaves to the stew, stir them in, cover. Serve with warm bread.

          Wow... what a memory: I was thinking about discomfort of making stew in summer. When I was a kid, I remember an old Italian woman in my town who in the depth of summer would do a lot of cooking on an outdoor brick/cement "stove". How old school is that?

          Enjoy, hound!

          1. Marcella Hazan's Veal Stew with Tomatoes and Peas from Essentials is the simplest, lightest recipe ever. Onions, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and peas. What? No garlic or herbs? You can even use canned tomatoes and frozen peas. Reheats well. Because you add the peas at the last minute, it makes a great company meal.
            I just trusted her word and followed the directions. I've been loving this one ever since. Only cooks for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Light enough for Spring and Summer.