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Easy Veal Roast

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Tender veal roast cooked in a delicious sauce. This easy recipe makes a fabulous Sunday dinner or holiday meal.

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I tend to make a roast during the colder months of the year, but this veal roast recipe is something I often cook in summer. It’s light and delicate, the sauce is included, and it makes a perfect festive meal when served with roasted potatoes or couscous.

And if you would like to try another fantastic veal recipe, try our Slow Cooker Osso Bucco or learn How to Cook Veal Liver.

Expert tips

  • A Dutch oven with a lid is perfect for making this roasted veal recipe. If you don’t have one, use another oven-proof heavy-bottomed dish with a lid. Cover the pot tightly with aluminum foil if it doesn’t have a lid.
  • Sauce: I like to blend the vegetables for a thicker, more substantial sauce. However, if you prefer a more delicate sauce, strain the contents of the pan through a fine-mesh sieve and discard the vegetables. In this case, thicken the sauce with cornstarch mixed with a little cold water.

Recipe ingredients

listed ingredients for roasting veal on the table.
  • Boneless veal roast, about 1 – 1.2 kg/ 2.2 – 2.5 lbs. I used the top round of veal.
  • Vegetables: Onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes.
  • Liquid: Chicken or veal stock. You can replace half of the liquid with dry white wine.
  • Spices: Fine sea salt, ground black pepper, dried thyme, white balsamic vinegar.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F.
  • Prepare the meat: Dry it with a kitchen towel and rub it with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Prepare vegetables: Chop the onions and the garlic and set them aside. Chop the celery, tomatoes, and carrots and set them aside in a separate bowl.
  • Sear all over in a Dutch oven, about 3 minutes per side. Don’t forget to sear the sides of the meat as well (1).
  • Add onions and garlic and cook them for about 2 minutes, stirring (2). Add celery, tomatoes, and carrots, and cook for another 3 minutes (3).
  • Cook: Add the stock and ¼ teaspoon of fine sea salt. Bring to a gentle boil. Cover and place the Dutch oven in the oven. Cook for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hour until the internal temperature reaches 72°C/ 160°F (4).
collage of two pictures of browning a piece of roast and onions in a white dutch oven.
collage of two pictures of cooking veal in vegetable sauce in a pot.
  • Rest the roasted veal on a plate while you finish the sauce.
  • Sauce: Add a little white balsamic to the pot. Blend the sauce until smooth (5).
  • Adjust the taste with more salt, black pepper, and more vinegar if required.
  • Slice the roast and serve immediately with the sauce.
blended vegetable sauce for roast in a white pot.

Recipe FAQ

Which cut of veal is best for roasting?

A roasting piece is cut from larger cuts, like loin, sirloin, or rib. For this recipe, I always use the boneless top round; it’s often sold under the name of veal roast. It has a round-oval shape, and it’s pretty lean.

How to keep the meat tender?

Sear it before you cook it in the oven. Roast it covered, and don’t overcook it. When making roast this way, it is less likely to overcook the meat, but check the internal temperature after about one hour already and remember that the inner temperature will rise a bit more while the meat rests.

How to serve it?

I love it with couscous; I think steamed couscous or Couscous Salad is a great side dish, especially in summer. Roasted or mashed potatoes, Basic Polenta, Polenta Loaf, or risotto, are delicious as well.

Make some Green Peas or Green Beans on the side. A green salad with vinaigrette is also great.

sliced roasted veal top round drizzled with sauce on a bed of couscous.

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Easy Veal Roast

Tender veal roast cooked in a delicious sauce. This easy recipe makes a fabulous Sunday dinner or holiday meal.
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Course: Beef, Pork and Lamb
Cuisine: American, German
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Adina

Equipment

  • 1 Dutch oven

Ingredients 

  • 1-1.2 kg veal roast 2.2 – 2 ½ lbs Note 1
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 250 g onions 9 oz
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 tomatoes about 200 g/ 7 oz
  • 2 carrots about 200 g/ 7 oz
  • 250 ml chicken stock 1 cup, Note 2
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • Prepare veal: Rub the meat dry with a kitchen towel. Sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and thyme, and rub it well.
  • Prepare vegetables: Chop the onions and the garlic and set them aside. Chop the celery, tomatoes, and carrots and set them aside in a separate bowl.
  • Sear the meat: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Sear the veal all over, about 3 minutes per side. Don’t forget to sear the sides of the meat as well.
  • Add onions and garlic and cook them for about 2 minutes, stirring. Add celery, tomatoes, and carrots, and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Roast: Add the chicken stock and ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt. Bring to a gentle boil and cover. Place the Dutch oven in the oven and cook for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours until the internal temperature reaches 72°C/ 160°F.
  • Rest: Remove the veal from the pot and let it rest while you finish the sauce.
  • Sauce: Add a little white balsamic to the vegetables. Blend the sauce until smooth.
  • Adjust the taste with more salt, black pepper, and more vinegar if required.
  • Slice the roast and serve immediately with the sauce.

Notes

  1. I used the top round of veal.
  2. Use veal stock if available, but not beef stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3755IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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