ITALIAN FAVOURITE RECIPES
A few weeks ago I started a thread in the old forum about this topic. I still think that it would be great if we could all share our favourite recipes which our families and friends enjoy. They are not supposed to be "gourmet" cooking, just old fashioned home syle "casalinga" recipes. There are some dishes that everyone in the family, whether children or adults will love. One of these recipes that always work in "Scaloppine alla parmigiana" or Veal Parmigiana. Amazingly, I learned about this dish many years ago, while living in Argentina, where it is considered a family classic. There is is known as "Milanesa alla Napolitana". In Argentina there is a very large Italian community and Italian food is excellent. It is possible to buy all kinds of fresh pasta and this is actually a favourite dish on Sundays, when families gather together at lunch time. Here we go:SCALOPPINE ALLA PARMIGIANA (VEAL PARMIGIANA)INGREDIENTS:1/2 kg veal steak, thinly sliced (round steak is excellent)3-4 beaten eggs (depending on size) with some salt and pepper added to taste1/2 cup flour2 cups bread crumbs3 tablespoons chopped parsley2 cups Italian tomato sauce or ragù (use your favourite recipe)2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese2 tablespoons grated oregano and parsley (chopped)olive oil to fry2 garlic cloves (omit if necessary)Salt and pepper to tastePREPARATION:Place each piece of veal on a chopping board. Pound each piece with a meat mallet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.Pour the beaten egg/salt/pepper into a shallow dish, add the chopped parsley and mix. In another shallow dish put the bread crumbs. Dip the veal into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs mixture to coat evenly. If you like a very crunchy texture, you can repeat the operation.Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic cloves and fry them lightly to get their flavour into the oil, but take them out as soon as they start to brown. Cook the breaded veal in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain excess fat on paper towels. Transfer veal to a large shallow baking dish. Pour sauce over veal. Top with shredded Mozzarella cheese and the chopped herbs. Cook or grill in hot oven until the cheese melts.You can accompany the dish with spaghetti, pasta, mashed potatoes or potato chips. Any leftovers may be frozen, although it is unlikely that there will be any left.Which is your favourite Italian Family Recipe?