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Mediterranean Stewed Ontario Veal with Lemon and Olives

Unlike stewing beef or lamb, the mild taste of Ontario veal means it won’t overwhelm a dish and makes it the perfect protein complement to your favourite flavours. In this dish, fresh lemon, meaty green olives, crunchy almonds and pungent coriander will whisk you away to a Cypriot artichoke grove, while its make-ahead highlight ensures it will become one of your winter mainstays. Serve with steamed Israeli couscous and sautéed rapini.

  • 1 lb (500 g) stewing Ontario Veal, cubed
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) veal or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon zest
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pitted brine-cured green olives
  • 6 lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) minced coriander

Season veal with salt and pepper. In large heavy skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat and brown veal in two batches, turning often to brown all sides. Transfer to plate.

In same skillet, cook onions until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, until fragrant but not coloured. Pour in stock, scraping any brown bits from bottom of pan. Add lemon zest, thyme, bay leaf and veal back to pan with any accumulated juices. Cover and simmer until veal is very tender, about 1 hour.

In bowl, whisk together flour with 1 tbsp water and stir into sauce. Stir in olives and lemon slices. Simmer until sauce is thickened and flour is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds and coriander. Serve over steamed couscous.

Serves 4

Suggested Wine Pairings: Pelee Island Vendages Tardives Pinot Gris 2002; Fielding Estate Pinot Noir 2005; Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Reserve 2004

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