Last Wednesday’s live broadcast from Gotham Wines and Liquors‘ 8th Annual Wine Extravaganza, held at the West End Institutional Synagogue. We had some great guests on that show and made new friends. Unfortunately the .mp3 file got trashed, so we never got a chance to hear it the actual broadcast. Tonight’s show will focus on wine and food. Our guests will be several kosher winery spokesmen and distributors, then at the last half hour we will talk to Chef Jeff Nathan, Chef/owner of Abigael’s on Broadway.
We will discuss the reasons for the 4 cups of wine and other Pessach customs, we will hear about their selections from the various wineries, while Chef Jeff will explain the whole concept of the New Jewish Cuisine, which he made into a wildly successful series on Public Television. We will also talk about his journey to become a successful restaurateur and what Abigael’s is planning for Passover.
Please listen in to The Kosher Scene’s Show, this evening at 6:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time,
The first cookbook Jeff Nathan published – in 2002 – Adventures in Jewish Cooking, included some great recipes that can be made on Passover. Here is one I intend to savor on the last day of Pessach, when I finally do eat gebroks. It will go perfectly with a glass of Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Veal Chops Milanese with Tomato Salad and Arugula
In Milan, you’ll find golden-crusted veal chops so big they fill your plate. Before being cooked, they are pounded while still on the bone. This creates wide flaps of meat to allow for more crispy coating that everyone loves. A combination of matzo flour, matzo meal, and matzo farfel is my secret to creating a crunchier crust than is possible with bread crumbs alone. Using matzo also opens up the possibility of enjoying this dish right through Passover week. You will need a very large, 12-14 inch skillet to cook both chops at once. Of course, if you have two such skillets, you can invite a couple of friends over for dinner, doubling the amount of tomato salad.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 ripe tomatoes, preferably 1 red and 1 yellow, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Two twelve ounce bone-in veal chops, about 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup matzo flour (also called matzo cake flour)
- 2 large eggs, beaten with 2 teaspoons water
- 1/2 cup matzo meal
- 1/2 cup matzo farfel
- 1/2 cup olive oil (regular or extra-virgin)
- 6 ounces arugula, washed and dried, torn bite-sized pieces.
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 F.
- To make the tomato salad, whisk the lemon juice and oil in a medium bowl. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano and rosemary and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, while preparing the veal.
- Place the chops between sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper. Using a heavy mallet or rolling pin, pound the meaty part of each chop until it’s about 1/2 inch thick, to create chops with a thinner flasp of meat attached to the rib bone. (In Milanese restaurants, the veal is pounded even thinner and wider, but at home, practicality demands that you pound the veal to a size that will allow two chops to fit into the skillet.) Season the chops with salt and pepper.
- Place the matzo flour in a shallow dish, the beaten eggs in a second shallow dish and the matzo farfel in a third shallow dish, Coat each veal chop with matzoh flour, then the egg wash, and then the matzoh meal.
- Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chops and cook, turning one, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Place the browned chops on a large baking sheet. Bake until they feel firm when pressed in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Just before serving, add the arugula to the tomato salad and mix. For each serving place a chop on a dinner plate and heap the tomato salad on top. Serve immediately with a wedge of lemon.
Just like his other book (which we reviewed) and has become one of my favorites, this one is also chuck full of mouth watering recipes which I can’t wait to try.
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!