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Playing Roast Veal with Fennel, Shallots, Potatoes and Plum-Cranberry Chutney


  • 1 4-pound, boneless veal shoulder or leg, tied
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for liberal drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons (2/3 palmful) fennel seed
  • 12 large shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into eighths
  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 2 bulbs garlic, halved
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
For the Plum-Cranberry Chutney
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian plums or other plums of choice, pitted and sliced into 1-inch wedges or cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each cumin, caraway and mustard seed, toasted and ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 large shallots or 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 inches ginger root, peeled and grated


Serves: 6


Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring veal to room temperature.
Slather roast with EVOO and rub with kosher salt, coarse black pepper, rosemary, thyme and fennel seed.

Place shallots, fennel and potatoes in a roasting pan and coat with EVOO, salt and pepper. Set roast on top of potatoes and fennel and roast about 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours, until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
For the chutney, place all ingredients in small pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat a bit and cook 20 minutes or so to thicken and cranberries have popped.
Transfer roast to carving board and trim strings; let rest 20 minutes. Arrange fennel and potatoes on a platter and cover to keep warm. Place roasting pan with drippings on the stove and whisk in wine. Reduce liquid by half then add stock and butter, and cook a few minutes to thicken a bit. Transfer to gravy/sauce boat.
Arrange slices of veal on top of the fennel and potatoes, and serve with gravy and chutney alongside.


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