Veal stew (French veal blanquette)

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Before finding out that I am allergic to gluten and cow dairy, veal blanquette (yet another French traditional recipe) was my absolute favorite meal. So it was unthinkable for me not to be able to eat it anymore. That’s why my mother, who is an incredible cook (but who thinks that she’s not…) came up with this revised version of the traditional recipe to make sure that I won’t feel left out on family lunches. Hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Veal stew (French veal blanquette)

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Recipe by gohealthywithbea.com – http://www.gohealthywithbea.com Course: Main dishesCuisine: French cuisineDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg) veal shoulder

  • 68 fl oz (8 cups or 2L) water

  • 1 bouquet garni (a bunch of rosemary, thyme and bay leaf)

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 onion

  • 1 or 2 carrots

  • 2 Tbsp oil of your choice

  • 2 Tbsp starch of your choice (arrowroot or tapioca starch for AIP, paleo and whole30. Corn starch or potato starch, if not on one of these diets)

  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Peel the onion, garlic cloves and carrots and cut the veal roughly.
  • Pour the water in a large French oven (or equivalent), add a pinch of salt, the bouquet garni, onion and carrots. Add the veal.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender.
  • Once the meat is cooked you can prepare the blanquette sauce. To do so: take two cups of the blanquette broth, put the starch in a saucepan with the coconut oil. Turn on the stove to medium high heat and start whisking with a manual whip. Add the blanquette broth slowly while still whisking.
  • Keep adding the rest of the 2 cups of blanquette broth slowly while still whisking.
  • Let the mixture cook until it thickens, whisking regularly.
  • Drain the meat and carrots (you can set aside the rest of the broth to use for something else) put them in a large bowl and add the sauce on top of it. And voilà!
    Bon appétit !

Notes

  • Blanquette is traditionally served with rice or potatoes, but you can also serve it with cauliflower rice or with just more carrots if you are on a special diet like whole30, AIP or Paleo. For those diets make sure to use tapioca starch or arrowroot.

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