Veal is the meat from the hind legs of a cow or heifer. The term “veal” refers to both the meat itself and the bone marrow within it. In some countries, veal is considered a delicacy.
We’ve rounded up some awesome Veal recipes to try at home. Enjoy!
For a simple but sophisticated weeknight meal, we love making this easy pasta with veggie bolognese. This recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and you get a hearty, filling supper that everyone loves.
Lasagna is an iconic comfort food, and this chicken and veal lasagna is one of our favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s made in layers so there are no messy sauces to clean up afterwards. We like serving this with a side salad for added freshness.
Fennel has a licorice taste similar to celery. It adds a nice aniseed note to dishes while adding some bulk to help reduce liquid levels.
This tasty dish is quick and easy to put together and can be served as a main course or starter. The sauce is rich and delicious and guaranteed to please the whole family.
Veal scaloppini is a classic Italian dish which is traditionally made with veal cutlets. Here they’re pan-fried until crispy before being served with a lemony butter sauce.
Veal milanese is a popular choice when cooking for friends and family. It’s very versatile – you can serve it simply roasted or add your own personal touch by topping it with cheese or herbs.
Saltimbocca literally means ‘jump in the mouth’ in Italian. Traditionally this consists of thin slices of veal layered with prosciutto (ham) and sage then baked.
The recipe is quite versatile so try adding cream and parmesan to give it extra richness if required.
Stroganoff is a traditional Russian dish consisting of stir fried pieces of veal served with sour cream and mushroom gravy. For a healthier version, use lean mince instead of veal.
9. Veal Marsala
Veal marsala is another classic Italian dish. It’s usually made with veal shanks and marinated overnight in wine and aromatics. This dish is slightly different and we think you’ll love it. Serve with risotto rice or polenta.
Cutlets are a great way to cook veal quickly because they take less time than roasting or grilling. They also work well as a quick dinner option since
11. Veal Cacciatore
Cacciatore translates as hunter’s style, and is usually made with rabbit. However, here we’re using cheaper veal shoulder to create a rich and flavorsome casserole.
12. Veal Osso Buco
Osso buco is a classic Italian braised shin of veal. The name means ‘bone with hole’ – hence the name osso buco! This recipient is full of fresh flavors and is delicious and simple to make.
13. Veal Carbonara
Carbonara is a creamy egg based sauce typically containing bacon, Parmesan and pecorino cheese. Although traditionally made with guinea fowl, carbonara can also be made with veal. This recipe uses tortellini instead of the usual taggilitelli.
14. Veal Bolognese
Bolognese is a thick meat sauce originating from Emilia Romagna. It’s thought to have originated from the French word bouillons meaning boiling broth. This recipe substitutes the usual beef with veal for a delicious twist.
Ragu is essentially a meat sauce based on tomatoes, garlic, onion and anchovies. It can include other ingredients such as carrots, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, peas or even sardines.
Meatballs are great finger food that can be served hot or cold and they taste great made with veal meat. They make a healthy alternative to burgers and sausages.
17. Veal Goulash
Goulash is a hearty Hungarian soup. This recipe uses paprika, red pepper flakes and spices including nutmeg and cinnamon for a super healthy and filling lunch.
18. Veal Paprikash
Paprikash is a traditional greek dish of marinated minced meat cooked slowly with onions, bell peppers, tomato paste and vinegar. The veal meat works well and blends perfectly with the other flavors.
19. Veal Ropa Vieja
Ropa vieja is a Cuban dish of shredded flank steak simmered in a spicy citrus juice it can easily be substituted with veal and is a simple yet flavourful meal that will definitely fill you up.
Jambalaya is an American dish of rice, chicken, sausage and vegetables. There are many variations of jambalaya but this one features slow cooked andouille sausage, green beans, corn as well as herbs and spices.
Scaloppine is basically cutlets of pounded veal rolled around a filling. In this case, it’s seasoned beef, Swiss cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs and parsley.
Vitello is a type of stew characterized by its soft texture and long cooking time. Here the veal is cooked for several hours in a tasty tomato based broth.
Medallions are basically cutlets of veal. They’re very easy to cook and are often used in restaurants. This dish blends garlic and fresh herbs for a special mid week treat.
For a unique dish that’ll certainly impress your guests or family – try this amazing ground veal mushroom herb loaf!
This recipe combines ingredients like beef, veal, onion, mushroom, garlic, eggs, herbs, and spices to make a delicious loaf that tastes great served hot or cold.
You can even serve it as part of a vegetarian main course. To complete the meal, you can add a side salad or vegetable soup.
Chops are basically boneless loin chops. They’re inexpensive cuts of meat so they’re perfect for weeknight meals. This meal is simple and nutritious and easy to switch up using what you have in your fridge.
Cacciatore translates to hunter’s style which makes sense because this is a simple and quick recipe to prepare. The veal is pan seared then finished off under the grill.
This recipe is perfect for those days you just want something comforting and hearty. This risotto is packed full of protein and fiber, making it a great meal for vegetarians and vegans.
If you’re looking for a healthier option, try our chicken version here.
Veal steamed dumplings are a great Chinese dishe. I love how tender the meat is and how flavorful the broth is. This dish combines both of those elements into one very appetizing bowl of food.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind Of Veal Is Best?
Rose, or rose calf is the only kind I’d recommend buying, as it’s reared in high welfare environments.
What Kind Of Seasoning Should I Use With Veal?
First, decide how to season the meat. Some people love rosemary, others thyme, and so on. Then mix together the spices and rub them onto the meat. Let the meat marinate for about ten to fifteen minutes before cooking.
How Long Can I Store Veal?
Refrigeration: Veal should be kept below 40° F during storage. Store raw veal separately from cooked food. Raw veal must be frozen immediately after slaughter.
Never store raw veal in a hot vehicle or allow it to sit out at room temperature.
Ground veal can be stored for 1 – 2 days in the refrigerator. Whole veal can be stored 3 – 5 days in the refrigerator. Do not transport cooked veal unless it is being served within 24 hours.
Cooked veal is best if refrigerated no longer than 2 – 3 days. Ground veal is best if stored no longer than 1 day.
Why use Veal Instead Of Other Beef?
Veal is an inexpensive meat source for many people who are allergic or sensitive to beef.
It comes from young calves raised on milk replacer (a mixture of powdered cow’s milk and water) until they reach about six months old. They are then fed grain and hay before being slaughtered at around one year old.
How Do You Make Veal Tender?
Veal is an older breed of cattle, so its meat is tougher than beef or pork. To help it become tender, you need to cook it slowly for a long period of time. You can also marinate it with lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil before cooking.
What’s The Best Way To Cook Veal?
Veal should be cooked rare or medium-rare. It takes about 10 minutes per pound for rare; 20 minutes for medium-rare. To test if meat is done, poke with a fork.
If juices run clear, the meat is ready. For safety reasons, never let meat sit at room temperature for longer than 2 hours after cooking.
Veal is a lean meat, but it’s also one of the most versatile meats you can cook with. It has a mild flavor that pairs well with many ingredients. Veal is often used in stews or braises, as well as being roasted or grilled.