Union League Club of Chicago

Italian 'BBQ' Veal Brisket

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Elevate summer meals with this crowd-pleasing dish.
By Doug D’Avico Recipes

Union League Club of Chicago’s Chef de Cuisine Doug D’Avico shares his recipe perfect for a stylish gathering.


Barbecue Marinade

2cups Fresh orange juice

1/2cup White balsamic vinegar

1/4cup Honey

¼ cup Molasses

1/4cup Brown sugar

3ea Shallots, peeled and sliced

2ea Garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1TBL Anise seeds

1TBL Fennel seeds

1TBL Cumin seeds

1TBL Caraway seeds

1TBL Mustard seeds

This is enough marinade for a 4—6 pound brisket


To make the marinade toast all the seeds in a pan till fragrant, remove from heat and let cool. Grind the seeds in a spice grinder till they are a rough powder. Take remaining ingredients and mix all together in bowl. Take your brisket and add to the marinade. Make sure the container is just large enough to keep the brisket submerged. Wrap and store overnight in the fridge.

To cook, preheat the oven or grill (using indirect heat) to 225 and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

When time is up, remove from heat and let stand on a rack loosely covered with foil for 20 minutes then serve. 


Celery Root Cole Slaw

1ea Celery root, Med, peeled and julienned

1/2ea Red onion, Med, peeled and julienned

1ea Fennel Head, peeled and julienned

(Save the fronds to chop and add to the finished salad)

1/2ea Cucumber, Seedless, peeled and sliced

2oz Lime juice

2oz White Balsamic vinegar

1tbl Honey, add more if you what it sweeter

2oz Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste


To make the slaw, after all the knife work is done mix in a bowl along with some of the fennel fronds. In a small jar mix the lime juice, vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cover with the lid and shake till well combined. Open and check the flavor, adjust the sweetness and salt and pepper then shake again. The dressing should be a little tart. Pour over the slaw and mix well. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes, then check seasoning and adjust if necessary. Serve cool or room temperature.


Farro Pasta Salad

12oz Farro Pasta, any shape

1ea Gala Apple, julienned

1ea Small Zucchini

1ea Small Yellow Squash

1bunch Living Watercress, wash and remove root end

Salt and Pepper, to taste

3oz extra virgin olive oil, plus more

Juice of one lemon


To make the pasta salad, cook the pasta as per directions on the box. When the pasta is cooked drain well and spread pasta out on a sheet pan to cool. When cool enough to handle add 2TBL of extra virgin olive oil and toss well so it is not sticking together

Take the zucchini and squash and with a sharp peeler make ribbons of the skin and discard the seeds in the center. You will line up the ribbons and cut into thin strips.

In a mixing bowl add the pasta and remaining ingredients and toss well, check seasoning and serve.