Deliciously easy braised veal cutlets

Of all the veal dishes we cook, this is probably the easiest. The preparation time is short, the method is simple and it doesn’t take long to achieve a delicious result.

Veal mush port 5

The only tricky bit is acquiring the correct cut of veal. Many butchers sell veal shanks, for slow braising, and veal escallops, for making schnitzel and veal parmigiana. Far fewer offer other cuts of veal on a regular basis. Once you find a butcher that sells a wide variety of cuts of veal, you still have to make sure that you are given the correct meat for this recipe.

I call them ‘cutlets’ because, as is the case with lamb cutlets, they are cut from a ‘rack’. But, at some butchers, they might be called ‘chops’ or they might only be available as a rack. (In the latter case, it is ridiculously easy to divide the rack into cutlets with a sharp, straight-edged knife, as Maggie is always happy to do.) In fact, our preferred supplier of veal uses the term ‘cutlets’ for the cut we use to make our veal chops Dijonnaise, even though it looks more like a t-bone than a cutlet.

Anyway, once you have your cutlets, the rest is a doddle, as follows.


4-6 veal cutlets
15ml olive oil
15g butter
leaves from a rosemary sprig, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
¼ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp tawny port or Madeira
½ cup veal stock
4 kipfler potatoes, cut into 1cm pieces
8-10 Swiss Brown button mushrooms, cut into 2-3mm slices
salt and pepper

Veal mush port 2   Veal mush port 1


  1. Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a flameproof casserole that will hold all the ingredients snugly. Seal the cutlets well, then add garlic and rosemary and allow them to sizzle for a minute.
  2. Add wines and let the liquid bubble for a minute, then add the stock and mushrooms. Bring liquid back to the boil.
  3. Place lid on the casserole and transfer it to an oven pre-heated to 150C. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the meat is falling-off-the-bone tender. Add the potato pieces after the first 30 minutes of baking.
  4. How easy was that?

Veal mush port 3   Veal mush port 4

About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our late 60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. From 2008 to early 2020, our priority travel destinations were overseas, although we have always spent a bit of time each year exploring parts of Australia. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). Most of our international adventures from 2014 to 2020 are covered in this blog. We have now reached a time in our lives when the prospect of long flights to distant places are unappealing, so we will travel mainly within Australia or to countries that are close to home.
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