Veal Milanese with Salsa Rosa

Main Course

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarella's Casual Cooking

Serves 4

  • 8 veal scallopini from the round (leg), about 2 ounces each
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups fine dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil for frying
  • ¼ pound (about 8 cups) arugula
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 cup Salsa Rosa (follows)
  • Wedge of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, quartered


Salsa Rosa

  • 12 large red bell peppers
  • Olive oil for coating the peppers, plus 2 tablespoons, or as needed
  • 4 serrano chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Veal Milanese

Veal Milanese with Salsa Rosa

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With a meat mallet or a rolling pin, pound the veal cutlets between sheets of plastic wrap to ⅛ inch thickness. Season the cutlets with salt and pepper and press the seasonings into the meat with your fingers.

Make the coating: Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Work in the olive oil by hand, then spread the mixture on a dinner plate. Spread the flour on another dinner plate. Break the eggs into a shallow bowl and beat lightly. Dip the cutlets in the flour, coating both sides and shaking off the excess. Then dip in the egg, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Finally, coat the cutlets on both sides with the seasoned bread crumbs, pressing them into place. As each cutlet is coated, place it on a tray. Cover the cutlets and refrigerate until you are ready to fry them.

Heat a large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add olive oil to a depth of ¼ inch. When the oil is almost smoking, add as many cutlets as the skillet will hold comfortably; do not crowd the pan. Cook until the cutlets are golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook on the second side about 30 seconds longer. With tongs, lift the cutlets as they are done, allowing any excess oil to drain back into the skillet, and transfer to several thicknesses of paper towels. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.

Place the arugula in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the leaves lightly. Season to taste with lemon juice, using the half lemon, and some salt and pepper. Toss, taste, and adjust the seasoning.

Divide the cutlets among 4 plates, placing them in the center. Spoon a little Salsa Rosa on each side of the cutlets. Mound the arugula salad on top. With a vegetable peeler, shave a little Parmesan on top of the salad. Put a lemon quarter on each plate and serve immediately.

Salsa Rosa

Preheat the oven to 450'F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Coat the bell peppers lightly with olive oil and place on the baking sheet. Bake, turning every 10 to 15 minutes, until the peppers are blistered all over, about 30 minutes total. Transfer the peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so they steam as they cool. Peel the peppers and remove the stems, seeds, and ribs; avoid the temptation to rinse the peppers, which would wash away flavor. You should have about 4 cups.

Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over high heat. Add the whole chilies, lower the heat to moderate, and cook, turning occasionally, until the chilies are softened, lightly browned, and blistered on all sides. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the chilies cool in the oil for several minutes. When cool enough to han­dle, peel the chilies and remove the stems and seeds (or leave some or all of the seeds if you prefer a spicy sauce). Chop the chilies finely, then use the side of your knife to mash them to a paste.

Add more oil to the skillet if needed to make 2 tablespoons. Reheat the oil over moderate heat and add the garlic. Cook until lightly browned, about 30 seconds, then add the oregano and saute briefly to release its fragrance. Add the tomato puree and salt, bring to a simmer, and simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken slightly.

Combine the bell peppers, serrano chilies, and tomato sauce in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the vinegar and the black pepper to taste and puree again. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Refrigerate for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 4 months.


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