January 1: New Year’s Day (2015)
Inspired by the announcement that the Pantone company chose “marsala” as the color of the year for 2015, Islander cooked Marsala Veal for our first dinner of the new year—in our new home in the Gulf Coast area of Texas. We had moved from Southwest Texas only a few weeks ago during the hectic holiday season and are still organizing our kitchen and pantry.
According to Pantone, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
We blogged about Marsala Chicken a few years ago. We revisited the recipe and used veal instead of chicken as the “propitious protein” for the new year and, like Pantone’s description of the color, Marsala Veal is a fulfilling meal, especially when served with other auspicious foods, such as noodles (“longevity”) or rice (“riches”).
Enjoy the color of the year as well as this recipe for Marsala Veal. Happy 2015!!!
(Adapted from the Food Network)
- 4-5 veal slices for scallopini
- flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)
- olive oil
- 4 ounces prosciutto, cubed
- 8 ounces mushrooms (baby bella, crimini, porcini, etc.), stemmed and quartered
- 1 cup Marsala wine (sweet instead of dry)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (mixed with water to form a paste to thicken the sauce)
- ¼ cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped and for optional garnish
Dredge the veal in flour, shaking off the excess. Heat a little olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Fry the veal until both sides are slightly browned, being careful not to overcook the slices or they will not be as tender. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. In the same skillet with the drippings, fry the prosciutto.
Add the mushrooms and sauté until brown. Pour in the Marsala wine and cook for about a minute. Stir in the chicken stock. In a small cup, make a paste with the cornstarch and water. Stir into the sauce to thicken. Put the veal slices back into the skillet. Simmer for about five minutes. Put on a platter and garnish with parsley flakes. Serve with pasta noodles or hot rice with the sauce poured over.
- Good luck to Highlander in his new job in the Gulf Coast area of Texas (the reason we moved from our beloved San Antonio). Good luck to all our blog readers in the new year!
- Search our blog for other new year’s recipes.