Grilled, Marinated Veal Chops; Pig Ear Day

Let’s see……

Veal chops and pig ears in the same post – I’m sure to offend someone.

To deflect some of the horror: the veal that we get is not ‘milk-fed veal’. It’s closer to full-grown and has been grass-fed, grazing with the herd since birth. In the field behind our house there is a big herd of cows, bulls and calves of all ages and sizes.

We eat meat, the beef here tends to be a bit tough. The veal is tender.

These veal chops were only slightly smaller than a T-bone steak. It’s the same cut.

So there.

The marinade is light and really just a flavor enhancer.

As to the pig ears – well, someone has to eat them and I don’t care to.

Grilled, Marinated Veal Chops

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 veal chops, preferably center- cut and about 1″ (2.5cm) thick
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Grilled Veal Chops


  • Mix all ingredients except chops.
  • Spoon on both sides of chops and set aside for 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Grill chops on barbecue for 10 – 12 minutes, turning once 
  • Remove from grill and serve.

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As to the pig ears….

Every six weeks or so I go to the animal supermarket and buy 30 kilos of dog food. I buy the other treats that they get on a daily basis: biscuits, rawhide sticks, etc.

And I buy a dozen pig ears for one euro each.

Friday is Pig Ear Day.

They know this.

Friday is the day I do the weekly shopping and when I get home the dogs get pig ears. There’s no special reason… It’s just the way it is.

When I get the shopping bags out of the pantry they know that it’s Pig Ear Day.

It’s like little kids going to bed early on Christmas Eve so Santa comes. The dogs see the bags, run into the pantry, lie down and go to sleep.

Pig ears are coming…..

They don’t always sleep in the pantry but they always do on Pig Ear Day.

When I get home and start bringing the bags in the house I get a brief acknowledgement, rather than the usual joyful twirling.

It’s Pig Ear Day – they want the pig ears…. Petting and greeting can wait.

I take two pig ears outside, throw them as far as I can (they spin like a frisbee), the dogs chase them, then bring them back and settle down for a nice chew together,

What could be better than a nice pig ear on a warm summer’s day?

Last update on June 9, 2017

5 thoughts on “Grilled, Marinated Veal Chops; Pig Ear Day”

  1. I don’t dare give my dobes pig ears. They eat salmon dog food because their tummies are very sensitive. I have to watch what kind of biscuits I buy them, we don’t feed them any table scraps except a couple different veggies…I wish I could give them pig ears. Every time I move, they move. I am the pack leader and they must follow at all costs. Pig ears would give me a half hour of peace!

  2. Lucky dogs, pig ears are delicious. You just have to know how to prepare them. I don’t but my Chinese restaurant at the corner is brilliant. Happy Pig Ear Day🐷

  3. nightsmusic, the pig ear’s would give you about 10 minutes of peace…. Still, that’s something.

    kate, when it comes to food they are very clever.

    Zoomie, they do love them.

    Jeri, I see them on menus occasionally – frankly I’d rather give them to my dogs. I would have no idea what to do with them lol

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