Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet)

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Recipe by
Claudio Sadler
Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet)

Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet) is a perennial favorite everyone loves, from children to adults. There are those who prefer it thin and crunchy, or those who like it thick, with the bone and slightly pink inside. This is the case with one of the best chefs in Lombardy, whom we are hosting with great honor today in the kitchen of GialloZafferano: Claudio Sadler. The chef has explained all the secrets to getting the perfect Veal Milanese. Unlike the Viennese, made with pork, the Milanese is prepared with tender veal which has a more delicate taste. The secret is all in the double breading: with a few added touches, and because it's cooked in abundant clarified butter the breading will become crispy and will stay on the meat, without coming off during cooking. A second course easy to prepare, accompanied by tasty ratte potatoes. A symbol of the cuisine in the Lombard capital, which will win over all your guests!

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients for 4 cutlets
Veal loin 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Eggs 4 - large
Breadcrumbs 2 ¼ cups (300 g)
Clarified butter 1 ⅓ cup (300 g)
Maldon salt to taste
for the potatoes
Grated potatoes 1 lb (500 g)
Clarified butter ½ cup (100 g)
Rosemary 1 sprig
Fine salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Garlic 1 clove
Preparation

How to prepare Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet)

To prepare Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet), first of all, cut the veal loin into cutlets. To do this, cut the meat by inserting the knife between the bones 1 to make 4 cutlets of about half a pound (250 g) each 2. At this point scratch the bone with the tip of a knife 3 to clean the skin off completely. Otherwise the bone handle would darken during cooking and not become lighter thanks to the hot butter. 

Still using the knife, cut off part of the bone for quicker cooking time 4. Using a meat pounder, beat the the slice of meat slightly, so that the thickness is evened out but without reducing it 5. Use a knife again to remove the extra connective tissue 6, which would make the cutlet shrink during cooking. 

Set aside the meat and prepare the eggs. Break them into a bowl 7 and mix them slightly with a whip 8, without breaking them up too much. If they're small, add another one. Put the breadcrumbs into a large bowl. Take the cutlets by the bone and first dip them in the breadcrumbs 9,

then dip them in the eggs 10 and again in the breadcrumbs, pressing well with your hands so that the breadcrumbs stick better 11. Make a double breading by dipping the cutlets again in the eggs 12

and again in breadcrumbs, pressing well but without flattening the meat too much 13. Repeat this operation for all the cutlets, then using the flat side of the blade of a knife, tap the slices to even out and set the breadcrumbs 14. Finally, with the dull edge of the blade, make a sort of grid on the ribs by first pressing horizontal lines 15

and then vertical 16. Repeat the same for all the others 17 and start preparing the potatoes. Wash the potatoes with a little water and baking soda 18, then dry them.

Then get your vegetable slicer and a bowl full of water. Make slices about 1/10" (2-3 mm) thick 19 and gradually transfer them into the bowl filled with water 20; this way they will release some starch but will not oxidize. Put some water in a pan, salt it and bring it to a boil. Then drain the potatoes and pour them into the water 21

Blanch them for about 90 seconds a half minutes then drain them again and cool them slightly under cold water jet 22. This precooking will reduce the cooking time in butter. Dry the potatoes with a dish towel 23 and in the meantime heat a large saucepan. Add the clarified butter 24 and let it melt. 

Then add a lightly crushed poached clove of garlic to the potatoes 25, a sprig of rosemary 26 and let it all brown over a high flame, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, take another larger pan, which will be used to cook your cutlet and melt the butter 27.

As soon as it is hot but not too hot, place the cutlets, making sure that the part with the lines is in contact with the pan 28. After about 4 minutes, the cutlets will be well browned, then turn them 29 and with a spoon collect some cooking fat and sprinkle it on the rib bone 30; this way there will be no bloody streaks and you will get a clear bone. Cutlets will have to cook for about another 4 minutes, this time depends on the thickness of the cut and you will want a pinkish meat inside.  

Potatoes will have the same cooking time; when they are cooked, you can salt them and season them with a little pepper 31. Drain the potatoes on a sheet of absorbent paper 32, remove the garlic and blot them with another sheet to remove the excess fat 33, even if it is very little due to the type of potatoes chosen. 

When cutlets are ready, using a pair of tongs, transfer them to a plate with absorbent paper and again with a sheet of paper gently dab 34, to eliminate the excess fat. At this point everything is ready, all you have left to do is put them on a plate. Place the potatoes on the side of the plate, near the cutlet and season with maldon salt 35. Serve your Milanese cutlet hot 36.  

Storage

We recommend eating the cutlet immediately. If you prefer to prepare it a few hours in advance, you will have to first put it in breadcrumbs before frying it. Freezing it is not recommended.

Tips

You need to use clarified butter to make Veal Milanese (Breaded veal cutlet), because of its sweeter taste and a higher smoking point than oil. If you prefer you can use extra virgin olive oil to cook the potatoes, but to cook the cutlet you will need to choose an oil with a delicate flavor.

If you prefer, instead of using whole eggs, use only yolks; this way the breadcrumbs will stick better to the meat. Egg whites tend to develop bubbles when cooked.

We do not recommend adding salt to the meat before breading it, otherwise it will release liquids that will make the breadcrumbs come off. If you prefer a thinner cutlet, cut slices of about 1/4" (half a cm); if you prefer a thicker one, we recommend slices of 1 - 1 1/4" ( 2-2.5 cm).

It is also possible to cut boneless ribs, but these will be less tasty; the part near the bone in fact, even if more fibrous, provides an interesting and more intense taste.

On the other hand, if you want to make the classic "elephant ear" cutlet, you just cut the cutlet and open it like a book before pounding it. Ratte potatoes are the best because they absorb very little seasoning and are consequently lighter; moreover they cook without breaking apart and in only a few minutes. If you can't find them you can use new potatoes. If you prefer, you can also fry them.