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Tony Randall's Grilled Veal Chop with Bourbon-Cracked Black Pepper Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 6 - 10 to 12 oz rib veal chops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarsely cracked fresh black pepper

Preparation:

Preheat grill until hot or preheat oven to 350° F.

Season the veal chops well with salt and pepper.

If you are grilling the chops, rub them with the oil. Place on the grill, leaving room between. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes per side, turning once. If the chops are 1 1/2 inches thick, cook 9 to 12 minutes per side.

If roasting the chops, heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until hot. Add the chops and sear on one side only. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for 10 to 12 minutes more for medium-rare.

While the chops are cooking, make the sauce. In an enamel or other nonreactive saucepan, combine the red and white wines and cook over high heat until hot. Add the Bourbon and cook until reduced by half.

Lower the heat to medium and add the butter, one piece at a time, quickly whisking it in until completely incorporated.

Blend each piece of butter in fully, not just melt it, before adding the next. Work quickly but do not increase the heat under the sauce. Season with salt and cracked black pepper, and keep warm in a warm water bath until ready to use. Do no reheat the sauce over direct heat.

Place a grilled chop on each dinner plate and spoon about two Tbsp of the Bourbon sauce over the top. Serve immediately.

Makes 6

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