Good food, good wine, and a great time. What these three things have in common is a good recipe, specifically the best Italian veal chop recipes. But, one may ask, “what is a veal chop”? And how many different and exciting ways can it be prepared to bring out its unique flavor? What about veal chop marinade? This article provides you with exactly that!
What is a Veal Chop?
Veal is meat from calves. Veal chops come either from the loin or the calves’ ribs, and they are best for grilling, roasting, or broiling. The meat has a delicate texture and a unique and slightly sweet taste. The age and how the young calves eat make quite a difference in the veal quality.
Veal is exceptionally rich in nutrients, and as little as a 3 oz (85g) serving of veal can provide more than 10% of nutrients essential for the proper functioning of the body.
There are many ways to prepare veal chops. Some include the grilled veal chop, veal tomahawk chop, veal chop Milanese, and Italian veal chops, just to name a few.
How Are Italian Veal Chops Made?
Italian veal chops are easy to make, and because of this, it takes little time to prepare them, especially for a family or any special occasion. To prepare your Italian veal chop recipe, you must first create an olive oil and fresh herb marinade for the chops. Next, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil and garlic. Let it sauté for two minutes.
Add the veal chops to the skillet and let both sides brown for approximately two minutes. After browning your veal chops, put them in an oven for about ten minutes (you can equally leave them in the oven until the internal oven temperature reads 160 °F (71°C).
When it’s nearly done, in about the last two minutes of cooking, sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese and let it melt in the oven. Remove and serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
Are Veal Rib Chops Healthy?
Yes! Veal rib chops are pretty healthy. It’s high in protein and iron. In addition, it contains many vitamins, which help improve bodily functions.
Veal also contains magnesium and zinc. Zinc is excellent against cold, flu, and some digestive problems, and magnesium helps reduce fatigue.
Compared to beef, veal contains fewer calories and cholesterol mainly because of its lower fat content. Simply put, veal is very lean. One serving, 3oz (85g), contains only an average of 0.19oz (5.6g) of fat and 160 calories.
Veal is excellent for your metabolism. It contains omega 6 fatty acids and other substances that can help metabolism. Veal is also readily digested in the digestive tract, so it doesn’t interfere with digestion or produce problems with metabolism.
The Proud Italian’s Top Tips for Buying Veal
When buying veal, let color primarily be your guide. Make sure to choose a veal that is creamy pink in color. Meat red in color shows that the animal is older, and the meat will not be as mild in flavor or as tender compared to actual veal.
Always select veal cuts that have a fine-grained texture. If there is any fat covering, the fat color should be milky white. Make sure to choose veal cuts with little or no fat marbling.
Do not buy packages with punctures or tears. When purchasing your veal chops, always ensure the packages you select are tightly wrapped and well preserved (frozen).
Easy Italian Veal Chops
Time: 25 Minutes
Serving Size: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Nutritional Facts/Info Per Serving/in Total
Veal is rich in nutrients and is healthier compared to other meats. It also has fewer fats and cholesterol than beef. In addition, veal contains nutrients like protein, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12. A 3oz (85g) serving of veal includes an average of 0.19 oz (5.6g) of fat and 160 calories.
- Cutting board or large platter
- 1 Teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme
- 1 Teaspoon of chopped oregano
- 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 5 Tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ Teaspoon of crushed red pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Italian parsley
- 4 Veal loin chops (32oz (907g))
- Fresh Italian parsley ( for serving)
- Pasta (for serving)
- Salt and pepper
- Shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese (for serving)
- Tomato sauce (for serving)
- Mix three tablespoons of olive oil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and Italian parsley in a small mixing bowl and stir. Add a dash of salt and pepper. You can also add crushed red pepper (optional), depending on your taste.
- Put the veal chops on a large cutting board and brush the olive oil and herb mixture on both sides of all of the chops. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chops.
- Preheat the oven to 374°F (190°C).
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If you do not have a skillet, you can transfer the veal chops to a baking dish for the oven. Add the garlic and sauté for two minutes.
- Add the veal chops and let them brown on one side for two minutes, flip and brown the other side for two minutes.
- Place the skillet with the veal chops into the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chops reaches 143-293°F (61.7-145°C).
- You can add the mozzarella cheese during the last couple of minutes of cooking to the veal chops and let it melt (this is optional and depends entirely on your preference).
- Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce garnished with fresh Italian parsley.
Tuscan-Style Veal Chops
Time: 40 Minutes
Serving size: 4 Servings
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 25 Minutes
Nutritional Facts/Info Per Serving/in Total
Veal contains micronutrients like protein, niacin, B vitamins like B12 and B6. Proteins and B vitamins aid in maintaining total muscle strength and stave off weariness over time. Zinc is a micronutrient found in veal that is important for the immune system, cognitive development, and neuronal responsiveness.
Per a serving, There are 354 calories in 1 large veal chop, and the following calories breakdown: 51% fat, 0% carbs, 49% protein.
1. Charcoal grill
- 4 12-oz (340-g) of veal rib chops (cut 1in (2.5cm) thick)
- 3 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil (one for drizzling)
- 2 Minced garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon of rosemary leaves
- ¼ Cup of sage leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Light a charcoal grill.
- Mix the two tablespoons of olive oil with the garlic, rosemary, and sage on a large platter or a large bowl.
- Season the veal chops with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Apply your olive oil to the veal chops generously.
- Grilling veal chops must happen over moderately high heat, turning once, about six minutes per side for medium.
- Move the veal chops to the platter and brush each side with olive oil and herbs.
- Drizzle the veal chops with olive oil and let stand for three minutes, turning the chops a few times (apply enough oil).
- Spoon the juices and oil over the chops and serve.
A Veal Chop Recipe From Umbria
Time: 45 Minutes
Serving size: 4 Servings
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 35 Minutes
Nutritional Facts/Info per serving/in total
Veal is rich in nutrients and is healthier than other meats. It contains minimal amounts of saturated fat. Saturated fat is excellent for metabolism. Veal also contains omega 6 fatty acids and other compounds that aid metabolism. Per serving : Calories: 559; Total Fat: 0.88oz (25g); Saturated Fat: 0.317oz (9g); Cholesterol: 143mg.
- A large skillet
- Food processor
- Large platter
- Spoons (for measurement)
- 4 8-oz (226.7g) of 3/4-in (1.91-cm) thick bone-in veal rib chops
- ½ Packed cup of fresh basil leaves
- ½ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (for veal chops)
- ¼ Packed cup fresh mint
- 2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh marjoram
- 2 Tablespoons of white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of anchovy paste
- 1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 Teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Cloves garlic, (smashed)
- ¼ Cup of fresh lemon juice (juice from 1 large lemon)
- ½ Small red onion, roughly chopped
- ½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the veal chops with salt and pepper.
- Cook to medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes, turning the veal chops over halfway through the cooking time. Let the chops rest for five minutes.
- To prepare the dressing, blend the basil, oil, mint, marjoram, vinegar, anchovy paste, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and onion in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the mixture is chunky, and let the mixture stand for 20 minutes.
- Spoon the dressing on top of the veal chops and serve.
Which Wines Pair Well With Veal Chops?
The right pairing between the veal chops and wine can enhance the flavor of both and improve your meal experience. It is, therefore, necessary to consider a few factors when choosing the best wine to pair with your veal chops. One of such factors is the sauce that comes with your veal chops.
Since the sauce can overpower or drastically change the flavor of the meat, it is a crucial factor to consider when choosing the best wine to pair with your veal chop, be it veal chop Milanese or veal tomahawk chop. Below is a list of wines we recommend for veal chops:
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Grigio
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Red Blaye
- Sangiovese-based Tuscan red
Some of these wines are typically highly acidic, and the acidity can help stand up to the flavor the sauce has to offer. Other wines, like the Sangiovese and the Cabernet Sauvignon, have notable tannins and relatively low acidity, and this pairs perfectly with tomato-based sauces.
We Veally Hoped You Enjoyed This Article
There are many ways you can use veal in your kitchen, and there are different recipes to explore to bring out the best flavor in the veal. In addition, its nutritional value and the moderate prep and cook time needed for cooking make it an ideal weeknight meal.
Also, wIth the various recipes one can use to prepare any variation on a veal chop dish, you can whip up something tasty to impress visitors or grace a momentous occasion. Don’t forget to try making a marinade for veal chops!
Pairing veal chops with the best wine also improve the dining experience, and we recommend you should try some of the veal chop recipes with the list of suggested wines at least more than once.
Finally, to opt for a more healthy lifestyle, you should consider the nutritional benefits of veal. Veal is a good source of protein, so you could have enough protein supply without worrying about your cholesterol levels when you eat veal.
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