Braised Veal Cheeks Over Creamy Polenta
- 4 ounces raw bacon, chopped
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 cup small diced carrots
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 2 pounds assorted exotic mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 1 cup Madeira wine
- 4 cups veal stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 8 veal cheeks, trimmed
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
In a heavy bottom pan or Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Set aside. Add the onions and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the Madeira and cook for 1 minute. Add the veal stock, bay leaf, and thyme, and bring to a simmer.
Season the veal with salt and pepper and add the simmering liquid. Cook, uncovered until the cheeks are tender, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from sticking.
In a medium-size saucepan, over medium heat, combine the milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the cornmeal and cook until creamy and thick, about 4 minutes. Stir in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs from the veal mixture.