Vitello Tonnato (Veal with tunny fish sauce)

Preparation time: 30 minutes plus ovenight to marinate
Cooking time: 1 hour
To serve: 6

You will need
1 1/2 lb. boned leg of veal
1 small carrot and onion, quartered
1 stick, celery
4 peppercorns
1 level teaspoon salt
2 oz. tunny fish in oil
4 anchovy fillets
about 1/4 pint (U.S. 5/8 cup) olive oil
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Garnish: capers, gherkins, radishes

Have the butcher tie the meat in a roll. Put meat into a saucepan, with a veal bone if possible, the vegetables, peppercorns, salt, and water just to cover. Bring to the boil, cover, and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Remove meat and cool. Meanwhile with a wooden spoon mash tunny fish, anchovy fillets and 1 tablespoon of oil thoroughly together, then stir in the egg yolks and pepper. Press all through a sieve into a small basin; add the lemon juice. Stir in the oil little by little, beating thoroughly after each addition, until the sauce has consistency of thin cream. Slice the meat, arrange in a shallow dish and coat completely with sauce. Cover closely and leave overnight. Garnish and serve cold, alone or with potato and beetroot salad.

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

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