Sunday, August 12, 2012

Braised Veal Breast with Artichokes

Braised Veal Breast with Artichokes


1 bone-in breast of veal cut into 6 ribs (about 6 lbs.), plus trimmings

⅛ Kosher salt

⅛ freshly ground black pepper

 4 teaspoon unsalted butter

4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

12 cloves garlic, unpeeled and lightly crushed

5 sprigs fresh thyme

5 fresh sage leaves

4 yellow onions, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 sprig of fresh rosemary

4 pounds tomatoes, quartered, or two 28-ounces cans whole peeled tomatoes, drained

2 cups white wine

4 cups veal stock

4 large trimmed artichoke hearts with stems

1 lemon, juiced

1 cup baby spinach, for garnish


 Heat oven to 275˚.

Season veal with salt and pepper.

Tie each rib crosswise with three lengths of kitchen twine spaced 1"–2" apart and trim excess twine with scissors.

Melt butter and 2 teaspoons oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven, over medium-high heat.

Working in batches, add veal ribs and trimmings and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned.

Transfer veal to a plate, reserving liquid in pot.

Return pot to medium-high heat.

Add garlic, thyme, sage, onions, celery, and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

Add wine and boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes.

Add reserved veal ribs and trimmings, and any juices from the plate, along with veal stock. 

Bring to a simmer, cover, and bake until veal is tender, about 2 hours.

Transfer veal to an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet; set aside.

Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid.

Set a fine strainer over a 4-qt. saucepan; strain cooking liquid.

Reserve garlic and discard remaining solids.

Bring cooking liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium-high, and simmer until liquid has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 30 minutes. Season sauce with salt; keep warm.

Meanwhile, put artichokes and lemon juice in a large pot of salted water.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until artichokes are just tender, 12–15 minutes.

Drain artichokes and let cool; slice lengthwise into ½ “-thick strips.

In a 12" skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat.

Add artichokes and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and season artichokes with salt; keep warm.

To serve, heat oven to broil and arrange a rack 6" from broiler element.

Brush veal with some of the sauce, transfer to oven, and broil until caramelized, 3–5 minutes. 

Using a spatula, divide veal between 6 serving plates and spoon some of the sauce over top of each.

Arrange artichokes and reserved garlic around veal and garnish with baby spinach.

You can serve this awesome recipe with some other from our collection.

Serve 6.


  1. Thanks for linking in, Maria. You are such a great supporter of Food on friday - I have now put you in the group that gets the first heads up each week. Cheers

    1. Thank you very much for that kind consideration, Carole.


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