Veal Escalopes with Herbs
In this light summery dish, ultra-thin, tender veal escalopes are quickly fried and covered with herbs, and the pan is then deglazed with wine to make a sauce. New potatoes and spinach make the perfect accompaniments.
Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader’s Digest Canada
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- 1 kg new potatoes washed
- 4 veal steaks about 125 g each, pounded until 5 mm thick
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp reduced-salt margarine
- 400 g baby spinach
- grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
- pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 5 tbsp mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, chervil, chives and tarragon, chopped
- lemon wedges to serve
- First cook the potatoes. Place them in a large saucepan of boiling water and boil for 15 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, pat the veal escalopes dry with paper towel. Season the flour with a little pepper, then toss the veal in the flour to coat it lightly and evenly all over. Shake off any excess flour.
- Heat half the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add half the margarine and heat until it starts to foam, then add the veal. Fry for 2–3 minutes on each side or until the juices run clear. Remove the veal escalopes from the pan, place on a warmed serving dish and keep hot.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander. Add the remaining oil to the hot saucepan in which you cooked the potatoes and set over low heat. Add the potatoes and toss gently until they are coated with oil. Add the spinach to the pan in 4 batches, gently tossing and stirring so that it wilts in the heat from the potatoes. Add the lemon juice and season with pepper. Stir gently to mix. Cover and keep warm while you make the sauce.
- Return the frying pan to the heat and add the white wine. Increase the heat so the liquid bubbles, then stir vigorously to dislodge any bits of sediment in the bottom of the pan. Boil for 1 minute or until reduced and syrupy. Remove the pan from the heat and add the rest of the margarine. Stir until it has melted. Scatter the mixed herbs over the veal escalopes, then drizzle with the wine sauce. Sprinkle the lemon rind over the potatoes and spinach. Serve the vegetables alongside the veal escalopes, with lemon wedges for squeezing.
Per serving: 563 calories, 46 g protein, 25 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 38 g total carbohydrate, 2 g sugars, 7 g fibre, 212 mg sodium
This dish is especially rich in B vitamins. There is B6 in the veal and the new potatoes, and B vitamins niacin and B12 in the veal. The veal, spinach and new potatoes together provide an excellent source of folate.