Braised Veal Cheeks with Coconut Risotto

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 6 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 3 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

8 veal cheeks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for searing

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped, plus 1/2 onion, diced

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

1 stick ginger, chopped

4 cups red wine

3/4 cup soy sauce

Skin from 1 whole pineapple

4 cups veal stock

2 to 3 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon

1 cup arborio rice

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 can coconut milk

1/2 cup diced papaya

1 tomato, diced

2 sprigs mint, chopped

2 sprigs cilantro, chopped

Serving suggestions: parsnip chips or fried shallots.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Season the veal cheeks with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then add enough oil to lightly coat the skillet. Let the oil heat, and then add the veal to the pan, and sear it on all sides until browned.
  3. In a Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, cook the bacon slowly over low heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot, and ginger, and cook for 4 minutes. Add the wine, soy sauce, and pineapple skin, and bring to a boil. Add the veal stock, and return to a boil. Add the seared veal cheeks, and place pot in the oven to braise for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Closer to serving time, make the risotto. In a medium saucepot, sweat the remaining diced onion in 2 to 3 tablespoons butter for 2 minutes over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low. Add the risotto rice, and stir with a wooden spoon to coat it in the butter. Slowly add the chicken broth in 2 equal additions, not adding the second addition until the first has been almost completely absorbed. Stir constantly during the entire process. After all of the chicken broth has been absorbed, add the coconut milk, and then add enough of the braising liquid until the risotto is cooked to your taste. Fold in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, papaya, tomato, and herbs. Serve immediately.
  5. Place the risotto in the center of a plate and place 2 veal cheeks on top. Garnish parsnip chips or fried shallots, if desired.

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