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Sous Vide
Chef Anthony Susi of Sage - Boston, MA
As demonstrated at New England Foodservice and Lodging Expo 2005

Sous vide is a great technique for slow cooking proteins while infusing flavors. The process originated in France over 30 years ago and literally translates as "under vacuum." In the US, sous vide cooking is mostly used by commercial and institutional food services to break down, seal, and freeze products that can be served at a moment's notice. Within the last few years, the technique has been adopted by America's fine dining chefs. In this particular demonstration, Chef Susi lightly smokes the veal breast for background accent before sealing the breast in vacuum pouches and cooking for 12 hours at a very low temperature. The result is a flavorful and tender product.

STEP 1: Lightly smoke veal or other product.

STEP 2: Combine veal and aromatics in Cryovac bags, and seal to form a vacuum.

STEP 3: Poach for 10 hours at 140° F.

STEP 4: Heat packets in simmering water for 15 minutes.

STEP 5: Remove contents from pouches and gently cook in sauté pan.

Smoked And Sous Vide Veal Breast
Chef Anthony Susi of Sage - Boston, MA
As demonstrated at New England Foodservice and Lodging Expo 2005

Adapted by

4 Servings


  • 1 pound smoking chips
  • 4 Tablespoons dry lavender
  • 2 pounds boneless veal breast
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch sage
  • 2 cups chilled veal demi-glace
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smoker
  • Cryovac vacuum sealer with bags
  • Braising pan


Prime the smoker with the smoking chips and lavender. Add the veal breast when you have
ample smoke. Turn down to medium heat and smoke for 30 minutes.

Remove the veal breast from the smoker and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut the veal breast into
4 equal portions. Place a portion in each Cryovac bag along with 1 rosemary sprig, 1 garlic
clove, 2 sage leaves and 1 Tablespoon of demi-glace. Season with salt and pepper.

Seal the bags, forming vacuum pouches and poach in 140° F water for 10 hours. Remove
the bags from the water and place in an ice bath to cool down.

Before serving, place the Cryovac bags in a pot of simmering water for 15 minutes. Remove
the contents from the bags into a sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer and baste for an
additional 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning.