Veal Marsala that melts in your mouth…

Veal Marsala that melts in your mouth…

For those of us who love to cook, Sunday is our play day. Last night, I reprised one of my favorite dinner recipes from SUNDAY BEST DISHES, veal Marsala.

Yes, this is just as delicious as it sounds, and surprisingly quick to make. In place of traditional mushrooms, the Marsala sauce combines thinly sliced fennel, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes with the wine. Truffle mustard adds a unique depth of flavor– one you will want to incorporate into other dishes.

This veal, like so many of my recipes, comes from a delicious memory. In the early days of my marriage, my husband and I would travel to my in-law’s home on Sunday night where my mother-in-law, Mary Jane, served veal marsala almost every time.

And why wouldn’t she? It was a winner!

I loved the tangy, rich sauce and the thin, lightly breaded veal cutlet. She bought the meat from a local butcher and he did the pounding for her. The end result is a tender, wine-laced bite that literally melted in my mouth.

My twist on the traditional recipe is to substitute Mary Jane’s sauce staple that includes thick slices of earthy mushrooms and replace them with fennel, artichoke, and sun-dried tomatoes – an ode to all tastes Italian and one of the best recipes in my latest cookbook.

This is hardly the only recipe from the Skillets and Saucery chapter of SUNDAY BEST that yields a melt in your mouth, romantic dinner best served with wine. I like to post the seared, braised and grilled dishes from this chapter maybe more than all the others, because they encourage passionate home cooks to use their imaginations.

Let me know if you made anything particularly luscious in your kitchen this weekend!

Sunday Best Veal Marsala

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

4 (3 to 4-ounces) veal cutlets, pounded to 1/8-inch thickness

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon coarse black pepper

1 small fennel bulb, tops trimmed, cored and thinly sliced, about ½ cup

6 to 8 medium artichoke hearts, thinly sliced, about ½ cup

¼ cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained

½ teaspoon dried French thyme

1 cup Marsala wine

½ cup homemade chicken broth, or prepared low sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon truffle mustard

Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan over medium high heat. Season both sides of the veal with salt and pepper. Place the cutlets into the pan and cook until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and brown the other side, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove the veal to a platter.

Place the fennel, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes into the pan. Cook until the vegetables are soft and golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle the veggies with thyme. Pour the wine into the pan. Cook until the wine reduces by half. Pour the broth into the pan. Stir in the mustard. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the sauce for 1 minute. Place the veal back into the pan. Simmer until the veal is cooked through, and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.







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