Ingredients: Per 4 servings
- 4 veal chops
- 3 ½ oz butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 ½ oz all-purpose flour
- 7 oz breadcrumbs
- 1 lemon
Make a few cuts into the outer skin of the chops so that it does not shrink during cooking and flatten with a meat pounder.
Do not add the salt during the cooking but only once the chops are ready onto the serving plate, so that they stay tender.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them without adding salt, then dip the chops one at the time holding them by the bone.
Then coat then with coarse breadcrumbs (prepared roughly grating some stale bread only a few minutes earlier): press the chops with the palm of your hand so that the bread coating sticks and does not come off during cooking.
Heat up the butter in a large saucepan: turn up the heat, and when the butter is golden brown put in the chops arranged in one layer.
Fry 7 or 8 minutes on each side (they must be tender and lightly golden), arrange on a serving plate, season with salt and garnish with lemon segments.
They are excellent cold as well. For this dish you must use top quality veal chops: tradition has it that each chop must include the bone to which the meat is attached like a flag to the mast.
If you would like to try traditional cotoletta alla Milanese, you can cover the bone, also called the handle, with aluminum foil, allowing your guests to eat it with their hands without getting too messy.
Despite what one might think, cotoletta, one of the most famous dishes of Milan together with risotto alla Milanese, has ancient origins. As a matter of fact, it was listed as “lompolos cum panito” in the menu from the lunch offered by a abbot to the monks of S. Ambrogio in 1134.
Despite its ancient origins, in the 19th century the cotoletta alla Milanese was at the center of a debate between the Austrians, who at the time ruled Lombardy, and the people of Milan. The Austrians believed that the veal chop came from their Wiener Schnitzel, while the Milanesi thought just the opposite. The debate quickly became a real patriotic dispute that was ended by Radetzky in a letter addresses to a man in the field of Emperor Francesco Giuseppe, the Count of Attems, in which he confirmed to have never eaten a similar dish in Austria. The people of Milan were happy to hear the news and legend has it that after having read the letter, the Count of Attems exclaimed: “A veal chop can hurt the empire more than my prisons of Silvio Pellico – all we need is a cotoletta to strengthen the spirit of the Lombardian rebel and to undo the victory of Custoza!”.
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