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Veal Chops With Roasted Shallots, Arugula, And Soft Polenta


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  • 1 cup olive oil divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 veal 1 3/4"-thk rib chops - (abt 12 oz ea) frenched
  • 18 small shallots peeled, halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package grape tomatoes - (12 oz)
  • 1/3 cup drained capers plus
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine reserved from jar
  • Soft Polenta (see recipe)
  • 4 cups arugula


Servings 4


Step 1

Whisk 3/4 cup oil and lemon juice in small bowl to blend. Mix thyme, salt, and pepper in another small bowl. Rub thyme mixture all over veal chops; place in glass baking dish. Pour oil-lemon marinade over; let stand 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine shallots, vinegar, and remaining 1/4 cup oil in medium roasting pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until shallots are browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes to shallots and roast until tomatoes are soft and browned, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes longer. Remove pan from oven. Add capers and 1 tablespoon reserved brine and stir to blend.

Meanwhile, heat large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Drain veal chops and transfer marinade to heavy small saucepan. Add veal to skillet and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and roast veal to desired doneness, about 10 minutes for medium.

Bring reserved oil-lemon marinade to boil; boil 2 minutes. Place 1 veal chop on each of 4 plates. Divide shallot-tomato mixture among plates. Spoon Soft Polenta alongside. Drizzle with oil-lemon marinade. Garnish with arugula and serve.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Ask your butcher to french (trim the fat from) the bone end of the veal rib chops.

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