Passover Recipes: Almond Crusted Veal Chop

Chef David Kolotkin is executive chef of The Prime Grill in New York City. His mother’s delicious home cooked meals and the bonding moments with his father in the kitchen are among his fondest childhood memories. Those years gave him the balance and deep respect for food. Chef David attended The Culinary Institute of America, graduating with the “Most Likely to Succeed” award. He began working for notable restaurants including 21 Club, Butterfield 81, Patroon, and Windows of the World.


2 12oz bone in veal chops (ask your butcher for center cuts, or from the loin end)

1 egg, beaten

1 cup finely ground almonds

For the brine:

2 quarts water

½ cup kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2 bay leaves

1 bunch fresh thyme

30 black peppercorns

1 star anise

8 cloves


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the brine ingredients in a large pot and bring to simmer on medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Cool the brine by placing in an ice bath.
When the brine is cool, submerge the veal chops in the brine and refrigerate for 5 hours.
Remove the veal chops, pat dry with paper towel. On only 1 side (presentation side), brush with the egg wash, then dredge in the ground almonds. Over medium heat, brown the veal in a large skillet with enough oil to coat the pan, almond side first. When lightly brown, turn over and brown the other side.

Place in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes for medium or to your taste.

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