Recipe by MariaLuisa
This makes a beautiful and savory platter of veal. Since veal fillet has a special price tag, I wait until it's on sale and then stock up for this dish. If shallots are not available, don't hesitate to make it with pearl onions or a regular white or yellow onion cut into one-inch pieces. If you use a regular onion, you can skip the parboiling. If you keep the mushroom-shallot mixture warm in the oven, the rest of the dish can be prepared in about 5 minutes -- easy enough to prepare between courses.
- 2 cups chicken stock or 2 cups veal stock
- 4 -5 shallots, about 1 inch in diameter, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons flour
- 6 slices lean bacon
- 1⁄4 lb button mushroom
- 1 lb veal tenderloin, sliced into 1-inch medallions
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
- lemon juice, to taste
- cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, for garnish
Directions See How It's Made
- Bring the chicken or veal stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Parboil the shallots for about 3 minutes in the stock, lift out with a slotted spoon and set aside. Turn the heat to low under the stock.
- Make a veloute' sauce. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat, add the flour and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add 1 cup of the stock all at once to the roux off heat. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes until thickened and saucy. If made ahead of time film with a little milk or stock.
- In a medium skillet fry the bacon until crisp, drain on a paper towel, crumble and set aside.
- Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the fat from the skillet, add the shallots and cook over medium low heat until lightly browned, about five minutes. Turn the heat up to medium high, add the mushrooms and stir and toss for about five minutes until browned and softened. Transfer the shallot-mushroom mixture to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Season the veal medallions with salt and pepper. Cook the medallions in the skillet over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the veal to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Deglaze the skillet with the wine, scraping up the brown bits, and reduce the liquid by one half. Add the veloute' sauce and reduce the mixture stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the cream and any meat juices that have accumulated on the platter. Reduce the sauce, stirring, for about 1 minute. Stir in the parsley and the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
- Nap the medallions with the sauce and garnish the platter with the mushroom-shallot mixture, the bacon and the tomatoes.