ffwD: Veal Chops with Rosemary-Thyme Butter


Although I consider myself a willing, plan ahead-type person in most areas of life, I don’t care for it in cooking. When I get the urge to cook or bake, I pretty much want to start right then. This means multistep recipes, especially ones that require overnight preparation, are usually scorned at and passed over.

Then again, this mindset goes out the window when expensive ingredients come into play. Case in point: veal loin chops. For two organic veal loin chops, I paid $16.00. Not my normal pricetag for a homemade entree. Knowing the price, how fantastic veal tastes, and my desire not to squander such a delicious and costly meat, I didn’t mind following Dorie’s instructions and taking the few extra steps the night before to season these chops and make the rosemary-thyme butter. (I know Dorie refers to it as rosemary butter, but I have a fresh pot of thyme thanks to a friend’s casual wedding reception centerpieces! So, thyme will be acknowledged in this post.)

And, oh my, these veal chops were amazing! They were extremely tender, and the rosemary-thyme butter definitely added great herbal aromatics and flavor. An all-around great recipe! These veal chops with rosemary-thyme butter were made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Balvinder
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 19:24:33

    That looks amazing!

  2. Cathleen
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 19:49:40

    I’m with you on wanting to bake/cook on the spot. I always get disappointed when I read that there is an overnight rest, or even a few hours. This post reminds me I have some herb butter in the freeze that needs using up. Your veal looks amazingly delicious! I wish I had known about this group before joining TWD. You guys make the most delicious looking meals.

  3. Janet Rudolph
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 21:49:08

    this looks fabulous.. and easy. Love herb butter!

  4. Monica
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 21:54:16

    The words “veal chops” has me salivating. It looks soo good!

  5. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 01:56:02

    Yum, yum, yum! I wish I was having this for dinner tonight it looks amazing, I love the glossy sheen it has in the image, I just want to lick it!

  6. Daniela
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 02:19:31

    This recipe looks sooo good!
    Love veal and in combination with Rosemary-Thyme butter it’s culinary heaven πŸ™‚

  7. cquek
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 02:48:08

    I love those recipes that just use up a bunch of stuff you have lying around.

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 04:21:47

    I use thyme butter over corn a lot, and should start using it for meat too. It sounds like a great combination! Veal is expensive!

  9. The Sketched Chef
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 04:28:03

    This looks so good !

  10. betsy
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 05:47:56

    This was fast, elegant, and easy with minimal planning ahead. I’m a last minute cook myself.

  11. triciaandnana
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 07:42:00

    That herb butter was amazing and I plan to now keep it at the ready in our freezer ( sorry thighs….) The color you got on those chops is perfect. – all that planned helped you nail it ! Tricia

  12. kitchen flavours
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 08:08:15

    That is one delicious plate of chops! And I love herb butter!

  13. SandraM
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 08:28:09

    That looks so good! Hmm…I have veal chops in the freezer and a whole bunch of rosemary!

  14. chef mimi
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 08:57:06

    Fabulous! I love thyme and feel its a bit under appreciated!

  15. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 09:05:00

    Organic veal chops I’m suspecting humanely raised too? Gorgeous… your glaze is wonderful.

  16. apuginthekitchen
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:06:23

    Oh yum, the chops sound amazing and love the herbal butter.

  17. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 14:27:11

    All I can say (write) is yummers!

  18. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:47:15

    I bought 4 rib chops and gasped silently when I was told the cost. But Bill was thrilled with this dinner…and that doesn’t happen that frequently with a FFwD recipe πŸ™‚

  19. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:55:32

    I loved this recipe – I love how you have such a golden color on yours!

  20. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 16:04:03

    I’d like to try this one prepared the day before too – think it would add even more flavour. I loved this too though I only had a tiny bite!

  21. tastytreats13
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 16:08:44

    Yum! How tasty!

  22. I WIlkerson
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 17:49:54

    Mmmm, finishing butters are so good–and rosemary and thyme are two of my favorite herbs! I made a ramp, truffle (from a dash of truffle balsamic vinegar) butter this spring.

  23. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Sep 14, 2013 @ 23:00:00

    I am the same way, I usually never plan my meals. Great dish! I love rosemary and thyme, and together is even better!

  24. Raymund
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 03:42:05

    That looks like a perfectly cooked veal chops, yum!

  25. Edible Celebrations (@lavesta)
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 05:51:22

    Just the other day I too splurged on a couple of Veal Chops for Marion and myself. I would have thought rosemary too potent for a tender veal chop. Boy I would have been wrong! Yours look delicious!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  26. Cakelaw
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 07:11:53

    Woa, highway robbery on the veal price! Veal is obviously sold differently here than in the States, because my chops were miniscule by comparison. Your meal looks delish!

  27. Mary Frances
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 11:16:55

    LOVE herbal butters. Great to keep in the freezer to use anytime. Beautiful chops!!

  28. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 11:46:41

    veal is kinda pricey stuff here in Indonesia,
    you’ve just made it into a fancy dish my friends!
    herbs butter log is always nice accompanion for grilled protein!

  29. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 13:39:30

    The veal chops look fantastic:) You did a terrific job.

  30. TheSquishyMonster.com
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 16:16:06

    The butter is a great touch!

  31. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 17:07:22

    Still cheaper than eating out. Definitely look worth the splurge.

  32. loavesandstitches
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 17:15:48

    Looks delish! And I love your plate, too.

  33. Amy Andrews
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 18:56:29

    Ha! I know what you mean about the spontaneous cooking – I’m right with ya. I did start this one in advance for the same reasons ($$), but get this…I was so paranoid about overcooking the veal, and could hardly wait to taste it, that I forgot to get the herb butter out of the fridge and put it on top until it donned on me half way through the meal! Drrrrr. (I’m thinking it is a great way to preserve herbs of the season though, and the butter will certainly be enjoyed on other things.) πŸ™‚

  34. Melolimparfaite
    Sep 15, 2013 @ 23:01:24

    that looks very good

  35. ashley
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 00:30:52

    I’m the same way…I get the urge or craving for a certain food and I want it right then and there. This looks awesome! Love the herb butter.

  36. Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 01:16:26

    Looks amazing and I bet it tasted better than it would at a restaurant! Well worth the expense every so often πŸ™‚

  37. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 01:51:17

    ouch, that is expensive! But looks oh so tasty πŸ™‚

  38. Gloria
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 05:13:32

    I love butter with this type of flavour!!!

  39. markd60
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 08:10:10

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had veal.

  40. oneexpatslife
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:33:40

    Yes, pricey, but still cheaper than what you would pay in a restaurant.

  41. Ameena
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 13:01:00

    I wish I had the urge to cook…even once! LOL

    Looks delicious and I don’t even eat meat!

  42. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 13:34:00

    OMG! Now we’re talking! These veal chops look so AMAZING! πŸ™‚

  43. Jessica
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 17:53:58

    Whoa! These look amazing! I usually don’t like recipes that require multiple days to make either and only make them for special occasions.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  44. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 19:47:02

    I’m not much into thyme or rosemary, but I do like other herbs butter. Other than that, the veal and its sauce loo absolutely scrumptious!

  45. Cher
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 21:40:12

    I love that thyme was part of a wedding reception. That must have spelled amazing!

  46. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 03:19:02

    Ignore that sound, it’s just my tummy rumbling over here! This looks AMAZING

  47. Amelia
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:01:05

    Hi Yummy, very inviting and delightful.
    Have a nice week ahead.

  48. Juliana
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 15:17:13

    Wow, this sure looks delicious…
    Hope you are having a wonderful week πŸ˜€

  49. Norma Chang
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 15:31:26

    May be pricey, but worth the expense.

  50. Guyla
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 16:37:49

    This was an expensive one but it was a delicious treat!

  51. Mary Frances
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 16:53:24

    That butter! Yum. Some things are just worth it to treat yourself.

  52. hotlyspiced
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 20:43:15

    This is a dinner I would love and yes, veal is expensive. It’s a shame or I would eat this more often. I love a flavoured butter melting over freshly grilled meat xx

  53. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 05:01:13

    I loveee Veal. So tender and delicious, so definitely worth the extra bucks!

  54. Culinary Flavors
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 09:07:15

    Veal is what we eat mostly here in Greece! These chops are amazing!

  55. Nik@ABrownTable
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 13:13:21

    Herb butters and veal , what can be more tastier than this!

  56. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 13:42:08

    i love the butter you used with the flavor combo’s. I need to try that with the pork we are having tonight!

  57. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 15:22:48

    My husband loves veal, and I want to make this rosemary thyme butter! Hmm sounds yummy!

  58. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 19:14:10

    what a fun, flavorful idea for butter!

  59. lemongrovecakediaries
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 20:30:23

    Looks awesome! Love the thyme and rosemary butter.

  60. Ingeniousmrs
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 23:21:04


  61. Bam's Kitchen
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 00:09:56

    I bet you are so glad you took the time to prepare these the night before as they look so moist and delicious and that herbed butter is just a bonus.

  62. Natalie
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 10:55:53

    Wow so full of flavour, this looks very tasty!

  63. tracy
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 18:16:05

    I love herb butters. I only recently started making them and I honestly can’t get enough of them.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  64. Carolyn Jung
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 19:50:38

    A hearty dish my husband would salivate over for sure! Nice alternative to the usual pork chops, too.

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