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VLT Sandwich

Prep Time:
1 hr.
Cook Time:
15 mins.


Red Pepper Ketchup

  • 2 red peppers, sweet, large
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 4 veal cutlets, 3 ounces each, pounded thin
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, crusty
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 8 tomato slices


  1. For the ketchup: prepare the red pepper ketchup by first roasting the red peppers in a hot oven, under a broiler, or over an open flame, turning often until the skin is wrinkled and the peppers are tender.
  2. Transfer peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and rest for 10 minutes. Peel skin, remove seeds and stem, then cut into chunks.
  3. Heat canola oil in a medium sauté pan. Sweat jalapenos, onions and garlic until softened. Reduce heat and add sugar, cider vinegar and roasted peppers. Simmer for about five minutes and then let cool.
  4. Place ingredients in blender or small food processor and puree until smooth, reaching ketchup-like consistency.
  5. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
  6. For the veal: blot veal dry, season both sides with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper, then dredge in flour. Set aside. Repeat with rest of veal cutlets.
  7. Heat oil in sauté pan, on medium heat, until shimmering.
  8. Sauté cutlets in oil until golden brown on both sides, about two to three minutes per side.
  9. To assemble sandwich: cut ciabatta rolls in half. Place the sautéed veal on the bottom half of roll and top (in order) with pepper ketchup, arugula, tomato, and top of roll.

Source: Funded by the Beef Checkoff