Grilled Veal Rib Chops & Baby Broccoli
A simple preparation is definitely best for letting the natural virtues of this premium cut shine through. Veal rib chops sliced from the middle of the rack are super tender with an elegant flavor, they need no major enhancement. A brief marination in naturally fermented soy sauce and olive oil deepens the umami qualities of the crusty exterior.
The young beef steers are milk-fed and humanely-raised, allowed to move freely in small groups. Where grass-fed veal is more like beef, here milk-fed veal is paler in color, much more tender, and milder in flavor.
While they are quite pricey for everyday dining, don’t wait for a special occasion to give these exceptional chops a try – at least once this summer!
Grilled Veal Chops & Baby Broccoli Recipe
The extra-special chops are paired with grilled baby broccoli seasoned with a squeeze of lemon juice and crumbled feta plus a pinch red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. Playing a supporting role, grilled baby broccoli happily lets veal steal the spotlight.
How to Grill Veal Chops
Drizzle equal amounts of low-sodium tamari and olive oil over veal chops. Coat well. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Season with a good amount of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper before grilling.
Place on a very hot grill and close the lid. Turn after 4 minutes. If getting too charred, move to an area of indirect heat. Grill another 4 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
This method results in veal chops cooked to “charred-medium” where the exterior has a delicious crackle and the interior is a juicy pale pink with a velvety texture. As always, adjust cooking time to your personal preference.
How to Grill Baby Broccoli
While the veal chops are resting, grill the baby broccoli.
Toss trimmed baby broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in a single layer in a grill basket and grill over high heat with the lid closed for 4 minutes, or until lightly charred and crisp-tender. No need to turn.
Plate grilled veal chop and baby broccoli. Dress the broccoli with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of feta and a dusting of red chili flakes.
Simultaneously simple and elegant. A real treat.
More Summer Grilling
Fans of more esoteric cuts of meat for grilling may want to try these fabulous Grilled Lamb Leg Steaks. Recipe here.