blanquette de veau • veal stew

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

With a creamy and rich sauce, this is the perfect French dish to serve for any special occasion or during the Holidays.

serves 4 servings
prep time 20 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For blanquette de veau • veal stew

  • BOUQUET GARNI
  • 2 lg
    parsley stalks
  • 2 sprig
    thyme
  • 1 lg
    bay leaf
  • 3 lg
    cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 tsp
    whole peppercorns (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • VEAL
  • 1 lg
    white onion, peeled
  • 4
    whole cloves
  • 2 1/2 lb
    veal shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 md
    carrots, halved and quartered
  • 2 lg
    celery ribs, halved in 3-inch pieces
  • 8 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp
    white pepper, or to taste
  • MUSHROOMS
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 Tbsp
    bacon fat
  • 1 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 c
    dry white wine
  • 2 c
    button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 pinch
    ground himalayan sea salt, or to taste
  • PEARL ONIONS
  • 4 oz
    (112 g) pearl onions
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter
  • 1 tsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch
    ground himalayan sea salt, or to taste
  • SAUCE
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter
  • 3 Tbsp
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    cold 35% heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp
    white pepper, or to taste
  • ground himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    cornstarch (mixed with 1/2 cup cold water)
  • 1 tsp
    fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

How To Make blanquette de veau • veal stew

  • 1
    BOUQUET GARNI: Combine all the ingredients together in a cheesecloth. Tie it up and set aside.
  • 2
    VEAL: Place the meat in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and blanch for 3 minutes; skim off any foam on top. Drain the meat, rinse quickly under cold water and transfer the cubes to a Dutch oven.
  • 3
    Stud the white onion with cloves and add it to the meat along with carrots, celery and the bouquet garni. Cover with chicken broth and season with white pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer gently for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is tender.
  • 4
    When the veal is cooked, remove the onion, bouquet garni and celery; discard them. Set the carrots aside and transfer the meat to a bowl.
  • 5
    Strain the broth through a fine sieve over a large bowl; discard any solids. The amount of the broth needed for the recipe is 4 cups. If there’s not enough, top up with some water.
  • 6
    MUSHROOMS: While the veal mixture is simmering, boil the mushrooms. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add butter, bacon fat and lemon juice. When it starts simmering, add white wine and mushrooms. Stir to coat the mushrooms, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 7
    Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl using a slotted spoon, and pour the remaining liquid into the Dutch oven; stir.
  • 8
    PEARL ONIONS: In a small pot with boiling water, add the pearl onions with skin on and boil for 3 minutes. Drain them in a colander and rinse under cold water. When cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and set aside.
  • 9
    In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and sugar (glacé à blanc). Stir, add the peeled onions and pour in enough cold water to cover them; add a small pinch of salt. When it starts simmering, cover, reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 20 minutes or until the tip of a sharp knife goes in easily.
  • 10
    Transfer the pearl onions to a bowl and set aside; discard the liquid.
  • 11
    SAUCE: Wash the Dutch oven and return it to the stove over medium heat; add butter. When melted, add flour and whisk until the flour is cooked, about 1 ½ minutes.
  • 12
    Whisking constantly, pour in 2 cups of the reserved broth. Add the remaining broth, heavy cream and lemon juice. Whisk until the sauce has reduced by half. Taste and adjust seasoning before adding the meat, mushrooms and pearl onions. Stir to combine and cook until the ingredients are heated through.
  • 13
    The blanquette can be served as is or add the carrots. If the vegetable is added, cut it into the same size pieces as the veal. Heat the carrots through for 1 minute before pouring in the cornstarch mixture; stir until the sauce thickens, about 45 seconds.
  • 14
    Before serving it over rice or noodles, garnish with finely chopped parsley.
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