Veal Chops With Red Grapes

November 12, 2009 at 3:26 am | Posted in Beef | 18 Comments
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This is an impressive  and delicious little meal.

I spotted this in Food and Wine and had to give it a test run. This recipe is elegant, easy and delicious and I can’t wait to serve it for a dinner party.


Whole Foods had beautiful Veal Chops sitting right next to some tempting Veal Shanks (I love Osso Bucco).  Osso Bucco is my tradition for New Year’s Eve, so resisted the temptation to celebrate early and ordered up the chops for the original plan.  Warning, these chops were $20 pound. I had planned to purchase 2 chops, but when they were sitting on the scale I could tell they were thicker than what the recipe called for. Weighing in at 3/4 pound each and with that expensive price tag, I came home with only one chop for the two of us.

As I suspected, it was enough, as I served it with some hearty Garlic and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, a recipe I found over at Closet Cooking. FABULOUS potatoes!  Go to his website and check-it-out, capture the recipe and don’t look back.  I’m of the “traditional mashed potatoes are so good why would you mess with them” school of thought.  Well I messed with them (added garlic and goat cheese) and boy am I glad I did.


Wine Pairing:  We brought up an Oregon Pinot to serve with the meal.  However, the recipe instructs to pair with an easy to find velvety merlot.  I thought the Pinot was just fine!

Here’s the recipe.  Give it a try.

Roasted Veal Chops with Grapes:

1 lb seedless red grapes
3 Tbs sherry vinegar
2 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Four 1-inch-thick veal rib chops (about 1/2 pound each)

1. Preheat the oven to 500°. On a sturdy rimmed baking sheet, toss the grapes with the vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and the sugar; season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes, shaking the baking sheet halfway through, until the grapes are hot and the pan is sizzling.

2. Rub the veal chops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper. Push the grapes to one side of the baking sheet. Add the veal chops and roast for about 5 minutes, or until sizzling underneath. Turn the chops and roast for 5 minutes longer for medium-rare meat. Transfer the veal chops to a platter, scrape the grapes and juices on top and serve.  Since the chops I purchased were a bit thicker, I cooked them for about 6 1/2 minutes per side.  Serves  4.



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  1. It always depresses me when I see how expensive veal is. Just once I want it to be less than $10 a pound!

    This recipe looks worth it though. I’ve had those mashed potatoes bookmarked for FOREVER!

    • Well get those mashed potatoes out of that bookmark and on the table. We loved them. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Joanne

  2. This veal dish looks absolutely fabulous. I know $20 a lb can be a bit pricey but, if the dish is worth it! Go for it. Looks like you had a really nice dinner.

    • I will “go for it” next time. It was worth it. Thanks for stopping by Velva

  3. Simple but impressive. You can’t go wrong with that. I’ve never cooked anything savory with grapes, and I love the idea. Time for some experimentin’! 😀

    • I’ve cooked two things with grapes now, and I’m thinkin it’s really something to pay attention to. Thanks for stopping by Karen.

  4. This is elegant looking and beautiful!

    • Thanks so much Cathy. I’ve missed your comments and appreciate you stopping by

  5. You have created such a beautiful looking top shelf dinner. This looks like all it needs is two people to share the wine and some romance! You did a fantstic job on this!

    • Ohmygosh, and I’m BEEMing over your comment. Great compliment. Thanks Katherine. And as always, thanks for stopping by.

  6. Grapes, schmapes…

    Until I see the photo. Then, I’m in !

    • Dan, believe me, you’ll be included in that dinner party, veal, schmeal

  7. This is such a beautiful post! What a delicious, top shelf dinner . . . what music were you playing while you ate it? Meals like this call for sexy music and good wine! Wonderful pictures and a great read!!

    • Thanks so much Vic. I don’t think we were playing music….what was I thining.

  8. Great plate you’ve put together there! Those mashed potatoes really get my goat;) I’ve been wanting to try some prime aged steak but the hefty $$$ has kept me away. I need to splurge like you did with the veal!

    • Yes, it was a splurge! But glad we did and actually I wish we would have bought two chops. What the heck! 🙂 As always, thanks for stopping by Chris.

  9. I’ve never seen this combination before-you are great with bringing us unusual combinations aren’t you? Thanks for the recipe! 😀

    • Yes I am! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by NQN

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