Friday, October 03, 2008

A Shabbat Feast

This feast, generously subsidized by Birthright, was a wonderful opportunity to make something I normally cannot afford: veal shoulder. This beautiful five pound roast is stuffed with herbs and garlic, rolled in porcini dust, and cooked slowly in my homemade chicken stock, red wine, and tomato paste, with some marrow-filled veal bones tossed in to beef up the sauce.

the herb & garlic stuffing

the bones & the roast

adding liquids

After cooking, you refrigerate the roast overnight, scrape off all the fat, carve the meat and reduce the sauce, sneaking a bite of marrow on toast as you remove the bones. I adapted my recipe from Epicurious's, adjusting things like the balsamic and porcini (I added more).

I served this with a barley and roasted vegetable pilaf-- I roasted the butternut squash and parsnips with balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme, separately so each cube would get creamy on the inside and caramelized on the outside...

combined in one pan for easy cooling

...then tossed them with the cooled cooked barley, reheated the pot, and added lemon zest, toasted almonds and mint.

As an appetizer, I made a salad of arugula, julienned apple & celeriac (celery root) soaked in lemon juice & olive oil, smoked trout, warm goat cheese and spicy-sweet walnuts with a dill-pomegranate (thanks Maia!) cream dressing.

J, of the Green Kitchen next door, made dessert: dried cherries soaked in reduced sour cherry juice, served over Haagen Daaz vanilla ice cream with Chessman cookies.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much Celine. It was a lovely dinner.

snowroses said...

Yum yum! Looks very good!

Anonymous said...

The only thing better than eating this wonderful feast was getting drunk on the smells from your kitchen for the three days you spent preparing it...

The pilaf was also surprisingly tasty -- I'm very impressed that it was an original creation!

Anonymous said...

impressed it was an original creation..huh? the purp is one of the most imaginative cooks in the free world! you underestimate her abilities. i'm disappointed and saddened that i was not invited. btw..what did you drink?

Katie said...

kitchen homesick blues; i'm writing the song right now.

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