Hazelnut and Honey Crusted Veal Chop
1 1/2 cups shelled hazelnuts
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
4 tablespoons buckwheat honey or other dark honey
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
6 (1 1/2 inch thick) veal chops
ground white pepper
Preheat oven to broil.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the nuts,garlic and shallot until finely minced. Add in the honey and pulse to make a paste. Stir in the chopped chives. Set aside.Season the veal chops on both sides with salt and pepper.Place the veal chops on a baking tray 6 inches from the heat and broil 5 minutes per side.Spread a layer of the honey paste over the top side of each veal chop. Place crust side up on the baking tray.Return the tray, uncovered, to the oven on the rack furthest from the heat.Broil for 10 minutes longer, checking to make sure the honey crust is not burning. Garnish with chopped chives.