Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 5 pounds veal cheeks

  2. 2 cups red wine

  3. 2 cups Madeira

  4. 2 1/2 cups finely chopped onions

  5. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery

  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

  7. 2 bay leaves

  8. 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  9. 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  10. 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  12. 1 cup finely chopped carrots

  13. 1 cup water

  14. 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  15. 1 1/2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows

  16. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  17. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or more to taste

  18. Creamy polenta, recipe follows

  19. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  20. 2 tablespoons salt

  21. 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  22. 1 tablespoon black pepper

  23. 1 tablespoon onion powder

  24. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  25. 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  26. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  27. 5 cups water

  28. Salt

  29. 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal

  30. 1/4 cup heavy cream

  31. 1/4 pound cream cheese or mascarpone

  32. 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

  33. Freshly ground black pepper

  34. 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Using a very sharp knife, trim the extra fat and the tough silverskin from the veal cheeks. You should have approximately 3 pounds of cleaned meat remaining. Transfer the cheeks to a large non-reactive bowl or casserole and add 1 cup of red wine, 1 cup of the Madeira , 1/2 cup of the onions, 1/2 cup of the celery, 1/2 tablespoon of the garlic, bay leaves , rosemary and peppercorns . Stir gently to blend and make sure that the wine covers the meat, cover the bowl with plastic wrap , and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

  3. In a large, ovenproof Dutch oven or rondeau, heat oil over high heat until almost smoking. Remove meat from marinade, pat dry, and season on both sides with some of the salt and pepper. Sear meat in hot oil, in batches if necessary, until well browned on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Add remaining onion and celery to the pan along with the carrots and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are very soft and beginning to caramelize . Add remaining garlic and cook 2 minutes. Strain the marinade and add to pan along with remaining red wine and Madeira. (Discard vegetables). Bring to a boil, skim any foam off top of liquid, and add water, tomato paste, Essence, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper , and return to a boil. Add meat and any accumulated juices, stir well, cover tightly, and place in the oven. Cook for 4 1/2 to 5 hours, undisturbed, or until cheeks are very tender. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and serve over hot polenta.

  4. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  5. Yield: about 2/3 cup Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

  6. In a large, heavy saucepan , bring water to boil with salt, to taste. While whisking constantly, pour the cornmeal into the water in a steady stream until thoroughly combined. Continue whisking to make certain there are no lumps of unincorporated cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes, uncovering frequently to stir.

  7. Stir in the heavy cream, cream cheese , and butter and continue to cook, covered, another 20 minutes or so, stirring often. When the polenta is smooth, with no taste of rawness, add salt and pepper, to taste (if polenta seems too thick, you may dilute with a bit of water or milk), and serve garnished with the grated cheese.

  8. Yield: 6 servings


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