Veal is quite popular in Italian cuisine. Many people love its tender texture and mild flavor. But if you want to enjoy veal, which dishes should you be looking for? Here are four classic ones you're likely to see on the menu at an Italian restaurant.
Scaloppine al Marsala
Customers often assume that scaloppine is a dish made with scallops, but it's actually a veal dish. The word "scaloppine" refers to tender slices of veal that have been pounded thin before being lightly dredged in flour and sauteed in a skillet. The scaloppine al marsala is then topped with a delicious marsala sauce, which is made with white wine, capers, and butter. This dish has a mild, yet balanced flavor and is often served alongside risotto.
Petto al Forno
Petto al forno is essentially roasted veal breast. The veal breast is seasoned with various herbs and spices, usually including sage and rosemary. It is then wrapped in prosciutto and roasted slowly in the oven. The meat becomes more and more tender as it is roasted and basted. Eventually, it is removed from the oven and allowed to rest before being sliced thinly. When a customer orders petto al forno, a few slices are plated, often alongside some roasted root veggies as a side.
If you want a really unique veal dish, then give tomaxelle a try. This dish consists of veal rolled around a mixture of mushrooms, pine nuts, cheese, and seasonings. The rolls are lightly tossed in flour and sauteed in a large skillet. Then, a mixture of stock and wine is used to deglaze the pan. The result is a thick, scrumptious sauce that sticks to the veal rolls. The dish is generally sprinkled with some pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano before being served.
Scaloppine al limone
Scaloppine al limone is another veal dish that starts with thin-pounded cutlets of veal. They are dusted with flour, sauteed in butter, and then finished in a pan sauce made with lemon juice and stock. The lemon juice offers the perfect flavor balance for the rich, salty veal. Restaurants often serve this dish with light egg noodles to soak up the extra lemon sauce.
The next time you're at an Italian restaurant, it is worth trying the veal. Any one of the dishes above is likely to be delicious; it really just depends on your personal taste. Order the one that sounds best to you.
Contact an Italian food restaurant for more information.