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Vitello Tonnato

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Vitello Tonnato is one of the most delicious Italian dishes from Piemonte. Doing it right takes time, but the taste compensates everything. We are putting to the recipe ready-made mayonnaise. But if you can make your own mayonnaise and use your own chicken stock, that would be fine. 


  • 1000 g veal roast, deboned and tied
  • 300 g oil packed white tuna, drained
  • 75 ml white wine
  • 75 ml chicken stock
  • 1 pcs large carrot, diced
  • 1 pcs celery stalk
  • 8 pcs anchovy fillets
  • 1 pcs large onion, chopped
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise, home-made
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

  1. The night before, combine the veal, white wine, carrots, chicken stock, peppercorns, celery, bay leaves, and rosemary in a casserole.
  2. Add enough water to cover the veal.
  3. Let it marinade in the fridge during the night.
  4. Take the casserole out of the fridge.
  5. Bring it to a boil.
  6. Now, reduce the heat and allow to simmer. Cover the casserole and simmer for 1 hour, turning the meat once, until it is tender.
  7. Remove the veal from the casserole and place it on a platter and allow to cool. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  8. Strain the broth and reserve it.
  9. The same day you cook the meat, mix the tuna, half of the capers, anchovies, vinegar, lemon zest, and juice in a blender to a smooth consistency.
  10. Add the mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of the reserved cooking broth and continue blending until smooth.
  11. Transfer this to a container with a lid and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  12. Make thin slices of the veal and arrange on a serving plate.
  13. Drizzle with the sauce.
  14. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the other half of the capers.
  15. Use chopped parsley for garnish.

Good points

  • Very high in niacin
  • High in phosphorus
  • Very high in selenium
  • High in vitamin B12

You can find the recipe of homemade mayonnaise here.

Preparation time: 405 min
Portions: 6
Difficulty: medium
Cuisine: Italian
General (in 1 portion)
Calories: 358.48 kcal
Carbohydrates: 5.99 g
Cholesterol: 129.5 mg
Sugar: 1.74 g
Protein: 47.54 g
Fat: 12.82 g

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