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White Asparagus Risotto With Paneed Veal

White Asparagus Risotto With Paneed Veal

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 white spring onions (white and pale green parts only), finely chopped
  • 10 spears white or regular asparagus, trimmed and sliced into 1/4-inch pieces on bias
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 veal cutlets (about 2 1/2 ounces each)
  • Emeril's Original Essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup finely crumbled saltine crackers
  • Olive oil, as needed for frying


  • Using a large skillet with a heavy bottom, heat the olive oil over low heat and saute or "sweat" the onions until translucent. Add asparagus, deglaze the pan with wine, and cook for 1 minute. Add the Arborio rice, stir to coat with the olive oil, and saute with the onions to toast each grain of rice, about 7 minutes.

  • Once the rice is lightly toasted, add the white wine slowly, stirring with a wooden spoon.

  • Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan to just to the boiling point, then have it ready at stove side. After the rice has absorbed the white wine and the skillet is nearly dry, add 1 cup stock, stirring occasionally, and cook over very low heat until the stock is absorbed. Continue adding the stock, 1/2 cup at a time, until the rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed. You may not need all of the last cup of stock.

  • After adding the last 1/2 cup stock, also add the butter, Parmesan, and heavy cream. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Re-season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Paneed Veal: While risotto is cooking, wrap each cutlet in plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until very thin. Season the cutlets with 1 teaspoon of the Essence. Mix together the eggs and water in a shallow bowl. Combine the cracker crumbs with 2 teaspoons Essence on a shallow platter. Dip the cutlets in the egg mixture, then in the cracker crumb mixture.

  • Heat enough oil to come about 1/2-inch up the sides of a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the cutlets for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Serve immediately with White Asparagus Risotto.

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