When it comes to veal, we often envision breaded and fried cutlets sizzling in a skillet. But let me tell you, there’s a whole new level of flavor waiting to be discovered with grilled veal chops smothered in piccata sauce.
There’s something magical that happens when the flame kisses veal. It brings out the mild and delicate flavors in a way that is simply irresistible. And in this recipe, we’ll forgo the traditional breading and let the grill work its magic instead.
Picture this – tender veal chops, grilled to perfection, infused with the smoky essence of the flame. And to elevate the flavor even further, we’ll top it off with a luscious piccata sauce made with briny capers, white wine, and a hint of charred lemon juice. The result is a divine contrast that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.
Where to Find Bone-In Veal Chops
Now, finding veal chops may not be as easy as picking them up at your local grocery store. They’re a bit more elusive, but fear not! There are online meat purveyors, like Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, where you can get your hands on these succulent cuts of meat.
Veal vs. Lamb: What’s the Difference?
Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all. Veal is the meat of a young cow, while lamb comes from a young sheep. And trust me, they have distinct flavors. If you’re a fan of lamb chops, be sure to check out my tantalizing recipes for maple Dijon lamb chops and rosemary crusted lamb chops.
Perfectly Grilling Veal Chops
To achieve grilled veal chop perfection, we’ll follow the USDA recommendation of cooking them to an internal temperature of 145°F. It’s always a good idea to use an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure they’re cooked to perfection.
Now, let’s get into the juicy details of making these mouthwatering grilled veal chops with piccata sauce!
Grilled Veal Chops with Piccata Sauce: A Flavorful Journey
- Serves: 4
- Prep time: 15 mins.
- Cook time: 15 mins.
- 4 large bone-in veal chops
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- A pinch of sea salt per chop
- 1/2 stick butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 2/3 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 14 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 2 tbsp capers in brine
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
- 1 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
How to Create Grill Masterpiece
Step 1: Fire up your grill and set it up for direct high heat. While the grill is heating, rub each veal chop with olive oil and a pinch of salt on both sides. Set them aside.
Step 2: In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt butter and sauté the garlic and shallots until translucent, which should take about 60 seconds.
Step 3: Add white wine to the pan, bring it to a boil, and stir occasionally until the wine has almost evaporated. Once reduced, add olive oil and flour, whisking them together to create a paste. Continue whisking until the mixture turns golden brown, which will take approximately 2 minutes.
Step 4: Whisk in the chicken broth and capers with brine. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pan, and let the sauce thicken as you grill the veal chops.
Note: Keep in mind that capers can be salty, so taste the sauce before adding more salt.
Step 5: Place the veal chops and cut lemons (with the cut side down) directly on the grill over high heat. Grill the lemons until nicely charred, around 5 minutes. Grill the veal chops until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F, as determined by an instant-read thermometer. The residual heat will bring them to the recommended 145°F as they rest. To achieve a perfect crust without overcooking, turn the chops every 20-30 seconds. It’s a quick process, so stay attentive!
Step 6: Remove the chops and lemons from the grill. Plate the chops, sprinkle them with chopped parsley, and let them rest for 5 minutes. While they rest, squeeze the charred lemon into the sauce, making sure to catch any seeds. Whisk the sauce together, give it a taste, and add optional sea salt if desired.
Step 7: Serve the grilled veal chops, generously topped with the delectable piccata sauce and garnished with chopped parsley.
Now, prepare to indulge in a symphony of flavors. Let the richness of the grilled veal chops harmonize with the tangy piccata sauce, creating a culinary masterpiece that will leave you craving for more.
Get ready to elevate your grilling game with these sumptuous veal chops and indulge in a taste of pure delight. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and savor every juicy bite of these tantalizing grilled veal chops with piccata sauce. Bon appétit!