Grilled Veal Chops: A Mouthwatering Delight

Veal chops are a delicacy that deserves a recipe you can truly rely on. Look no further than these Grilled Veal Chops, which are not only quick and effortless to make but also yield truly spectacular results.

When it comes to special occasions, grilled veal chops are a go-to meal for me. I love serving them alongside creamed spinach and Provencal tomatoes, creating a simple yet elegant restaurant-quality dinner.

To let the flavor of the meat shine through, it’s important not to overpower veal chops with heavy sauces or seasonings. That’s why I use a simple garlic and herb marinade that enhances the natural taste of the cut.

Why this recipe stands out:

  • I recommend using Choice or Prime grade bone-in veal chops for tender and juicy results every time.
  • The wet rub marinade, made with fresh herbs and minced garlic, doesn’t detract from the meat’s natural flavor.
  • The longer you let the veal chops marinate, the more tender, juicy, and flavorful they become.
  • You can prepare grilled veal chops on either a gas or charcoal grill. If you don’t have a grill, pan-searing the chops and finishing them in the oven is another option.
  • This veal chop recipe is perfect for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or any other cause for celebration.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Veal chops (rib or loin chops preferred)
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Fresh Tarragon
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lemon Zest
  • Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
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Different cuts of veal require different cooking methods. While tougher cuts benefit from slow cooking and braising, more tender cuts like veal chops only need a quick sear or grill.

Grilling veal chops:

Cooking the chops on an outdoor grill is my preferred method. Not only does it provide a char-crusted sear, but it also imparts a hint of wood smoke flavor.

To achieve the perfect heat level, preheat your grill to medium to medium-high heat (around 450°F). If you’re using a charcoal grill, you can gauge the temperature using the “Mississippi” method.

Depending on the thickness of the veal chops, they require little time on the grill or in the oven. Thicker chops will need a lower heat setting and more cooking time.

Adding dry smoke flavor:

For delicate veal chops, a dry-smoke grilling technique adds a subtle smoky flavor without overwhelming the meat. Oak, cherry, and apple wood are ideal for achieving a smooth and noticeable flavor.

Cooking veal chops indoors:

If you don’t have access to a grill, you can achieve similar results by searing the meat in a hot skillet and finishing it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 450°F before starting the stovetop process.

Tips for cooking veal chops:

  • Veal chops can be enjoyed pink-ish or medium rare, reaching an internal temperature of 145°-150°.
  • Remember that meat continues to cook after being removed from the heat source, so account for residual cooking.
  • A digital thermometer, such as the Thermoworks Thermapen One, provides accurate readings and ensures the perfect doneness.

This grilled veal chop recipe has been a favorite among readers for years. One couple even shared how it allowed them to enjoy their favorite meal at home after moving away from their beloved restaurant.

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What pairs well with grilled veal chops? Consider Garlic Herb Flageolets, Simple Scalloped Potatoes, Grilled Vegetable Tomato Mozzarella Caprese, Spring Pesto Green Beans, Tomatoes Provencal, Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes, Creamy Dijon Asparagus, or Farro Pilaf.

For more veal recipes, try Garlic Wine Braised Veal Shanks, Veal and Pork Country Pate, Simple Rustic Osso Buco, or Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a gourmet meal, these Grilled Veal Chops with a Garlic Herb Crust are sure to impress. So fire up the grill or your stovetop and get ready to savor every juicy bite.

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