Blanquette de Veau


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 1/4 hours
To serve: 4

You will need
1 1/2 lb. shoulder or breast of veal
1/2 lemon
1 carrot, quartered
1 onion, peeled
bouquet of bay leaf, thyme and parsley, tied
1 oz. butter
1 oz. flour
1 egg yolk
1/4 pint (U.S. 5/8 cup) thin cream
4 cooked mushrooms
few cooked peas
triangles of bread fried in butter

This is an excellent dish from the cheaper cuts of veal. Cut meat into 1-inch cubes. Put into a pan with 1 teaspoon salt, slice of lemon and cold water to cover. Bring slowly to the boil, drain and rinse (this is to blanch and whiten the meat). Return meat to rinsed pan with the prepared carrot, and onion, herbs and 1 pint (U.S. 2 1/2 cups) water; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Strain off and reserve the liquid. Discard the vegetables and herbs. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add flour and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add 3/4 pint (U.S. 1 7/8 cups) of the liquid all at once, whisk until boiling, and boil for 3 minutes. Blend the egg yolk with cream, add gradually to the sauce, whisking briskly all the time. Add 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, check seasoning and replace meat. Heat gently for 5 minutes but do not let it boil.

Serve garnished with mushrooms, peas and fried bread.

©Shufunotomo, Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

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