I am fortunate to have a wonderful "international marketplace" a few miles down the road. Fruits, vegetables from all over the world, gathered in one spot make for great shopping. And the meat counter is to die for although a bit pricey. While there the other day, I stumbled upon beautiful veal rib chops at least an inch and a half thick and had to buy two of them with the intention of marinating and grilling. Well the weather is cold and the wind is blowing a bit and since I had sage, walnuts, mushrooms and bread decided to stuff them..They were fabulous!! —inpatskitchen
Bone in veal rib chops about 1 1/2 inches thick, butterflied and pounded a bit
large shallots, thinly sliced
large mushrooms, finely chopped
fresh minced sage leaves
dried rubbed sage
About 1/8 ounce dried porcini soaked in one cup of hot water for about 30 minutes (save the liquid!)
toasted walnuts(8 to 10 minutes in a 350F oven), ground
1 1/2 cups
bread crumbs made from day old bread
A little salt and pepper for seasoning the stuffed chops
In a skillet, saute the shallots and mushrooms in the butter for a few minutes. Add the 2 sages, salt, pepper and the soaked porcini which you have finely chopped(saving the liquid)
Stir in the walnuts and bread crumbs and 1/2 cup of the porcini soaking liquid. Cool completely and then stir in the egg white.
Open the butterflied chops and fill each with some of the stuffing and secure with toothpicks. You should have some stuffing left. Save it for the pan sauce.
Season the stuffed chops on each side with a little salt and pepper. In a large oven proof skillet brown the chops on both sides in a little olive oil. Place the skillet in a 350F oven and roast for 40 to 45 minutes.
Out of the oven remove the chops from the pan to let rest while you make the pan sauce. Place the skillet over medium heat and add the remaining stuffing, the rest of the porcini soaking liquid and the chicken broth. Bring up to the boil, stir in the lemon juice and divide the sauce among 2 dinner plates. Place a veal chop on each and enjoy!!
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!