Veal and mushroom warm salad with basil

Veal and mushroom warm salad with basil


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Sauteed mixed mushrooms are topped with seared veal and a port wine sauce.

Lynn Lewis

Serves: 4 

  • 500g veal or chicken schnitzels, cut thin
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 500g mixed small mushrooms, such as button, Swiss brown or shiitake, sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 50g Parmesan, in one piece
  • 4 tablespoons beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons port wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Cut veal into thin, even strips. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in nonstick pan over high heat. Sear veal briefly both sides. Add garlic and spring onions; cook 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in pan. Fry mushrooms over medium heat 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Slice basil finely; keep a few leaves whole for garnish. Use a vegetable peeler to shave Parmesan into thin slices.
  3. Place stock and port in pan in which veal was cooked; bring to a boil and cook briefly over high heat, stirring in juices and any crusty pieces from the meat. Transfer to a bowl. Add vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. When cooled completely, mix in two thirds of chopped basil.
  4. Combine veal and mushrooms; place on a serving plate. Drizzle on stock mixture. Top with Parmesan. Garnish with remaining chopped basil, whole basil leaves and tomatoes.

veal salad with beans

Slice 250 g green beans and 250 g butter beas into short lengths. Cook beans with 3 sprigs thyme in lightly salted boiling water over medium heat 5 minutes. Drain; let cool. Discard thyme. Finely slice 3 spring onions. Cut 8 cherry tomatoes in half. Cut 500g veal schnitzels into thin strips. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in nonstick pan. Cook veal over high heat 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. * Whisk 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and a pinch of sugar in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add beans, onions, tomatoes and veal. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley.

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