Roast Veal with Sour Cherries
Use only sour cherries for this hearty Russian dish; sweet cherries will yield a result that is overly cloying.
Yield: serves 6-8
- 3 1⁄2–4- lb. boneless shoulder of veal, rolled and tied
- 2 cups fruit plus 1 cup canning juice from a 24-oz. jar of pitted sour cherries
- Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp. butter, softened
- 1 cup Chicken Stock
- 1⁄3 cups madeira
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 pinches ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- Preheat oven to 450°. Make 14 incisions, 1⁄2" deep, all over veal and insert 1 cherry into each incision. Rub veal with lemon juice, then generously season with salt and pepper. Rub butter all over veal and transfer to a large heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Roast veal, basting occasionally, until it begins to brown, 15–20 minutes.
- Add stock and cherry juice to roasting pan and scatter remaining cherries around veal. Reduce oven temperature to 325°, loosely cover veal with heavy-duty foil, and continue to roast until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
- Transfer veal to a warm serving platter, loosely cover with foil, and set aside to let rest for 10–15 minutes. Meanwhile, pour pan juices and cherries into a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add madeira, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom and boil until sauce has reduced by two-thirds (to about 1 1⁄2 cups) and thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Discard twine from meat, then carve veal. Transfer sliced veal to a warm serving platter and spoon cherry sauce around meat.