What is worst.? Doing taxes, paying bills, or filing an insurance claim? These are all on my “to do” list this week. Oh yes and there is buying a new car to replace the mini that was totaled. So I’ve got to get the insurance claim going or no check to purchase the new car. And so that’s how my life goes forward.
I reward myself by planning on doing something I enjoy such as preparing veal parmigiana and enjoying it with my worthy husband for dinner
The secret to delicious veal parmigiana is to first pound the veal cutlets so that they are thin and tenderized. For this task I use a wooden mallet and a wooden chopping board.
After which I dust each cutlet with salt, pepper, flour, and dried basil. Dip the individual cutlets in a wash of beaten egg and milk, and then dip each one in bread crumbs or cracker crumbs (depending on your preference).
Heat olive oil in a heavy pan over medium heat and fry the cutlets until golden brown.
Figure on one to two cutlets approximately weighing 4 ounces each, per person.
Drain the fried cutlets on paper towels or brown paper.
Create a sauce by sautéing garlic, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms with tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes. Season with oregano, and more basil. If you have any fresh basil, now is the time to use it.
Feeling lazy? Use a favorite jar of pasta sauce.
I first enjoyed this dish at Ciro and Sal”s Restaurant in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A long time ago, before heading to college I worked there briefly as a hostess. On the shelf with my cookbook collection is the Ciro and Sal Cookbook published in 1987. In Ciro’s recipe for Veal Parmigiana he uses his Ragu sauce, made with salt pork or pancetta it relies on veal and beef bones or ground pork for flavor, along with carrots, onions, garlic, and celery. I prefer creating sauces with as many available seasonal vegetables as possible, but whatever your preference, if you have the time make a large batch of sauce, freeze the extra for future use.
Spread just enough sauce to cover the bottom of a flat rectangular baking pan. Lay the cutlets on top and cover with slices of fresh mozzarella and freshly grated parmesan. Good cheese is important so use the fresh varieties for the best flavor.
Cook approximately 30 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce bubbling at 350 degrees.
Serve with pasta tossed with melted butter, garlic, basil, and grated parmesan cheese and a crisp fresh salad. Add a glass of dry red wine and you are ready to have a relaxing dinner. Enjoy! Photographs will be posted later.