Does anyone else get excited over extra parmesan on their Italian veal dishes? Now that we can all put our hands down, let’s start collecting the ingredients for this delectable veal parmesan recipe that deserves your full attention. If you’re new to cooking with veal, don’t worry. Many people are a bit intimidated by veal since we often cook other parts of a cow and it is usually more expensive. We’ll show you how to make veal parmesan like a boss and never look back!
Let’s begin with where veal comes from. Veal is meat from calves and is typically taken from the young male calves that are not being used to breed. The beef that most of us cook with is extracted from older cattle and less expensive. Most of your favorite American and Italian dishes that use ground beef feature this less costly beef due the great demand and relatively easier production. Older cattle that have lived a long life are generally more flavorful and weigh much more than younger calves. They are often past the age of breeding calves and or providing milk and have increased in demand.
Why cook with veal? Veal is considered high quality beef and one of the most nutritious proteins in the world. It is easy to prepare and you don’t have to be a seasoned chef to cook a great veal meal. It can be braised, stewed, fried, sauteed, stir fried, or boiled. Regardless of how you plan to cook the veal, the key is to avoid overcooking veal. Since it is such a tender protein, we recommend cooking the meat to medium using a thermometer to maintain internal temperature at 160 degrees. When doing a visual check, make a slit near the bone or the center and it should be light pink. Other tips for making veal include:
Now that you know how to pick and season the best veal cut you can find, let’s dive into making a delicious veal parmesan recipe! Also referred to as Veal Parmigiana, this recipe is super easy to make and chicken or turkey are acceptable substitutes. For pasta, you can include a number of options like linguini, angel hair pasta, and spaghetti. Pair this recipe with a side salad and soft garlic bread, and you have a meal that may not last past one night.
As mentioned before, you can replace this Italian – American classic with turkey or chicken if you prefer. If you’re looking for other options, pork cutlets or pork tenderloin is another flavorful substitute. When you want to upgrade this meal, try sauteing 4 to 6 ounces mushrooms in butter and spooning over the veal before adding the sliced cheese. For those of us who delight in peppers and onions, saute a cup of red and green bell peppers with a sliced onion to add over the cutlets with a rich Merlot and change your life! When you’re feeling fancy and sophisticated, you can make your own marinara sauce instead of canned tomato sauce and impress the in-laws! Some other delicious options with veal await you including adding:
Veal is more expensive because it usually comes from family farms that use natural sunlight and protect the young calves from harsh weather conditions while feeding and monitoring them closely. Some barns are heated during the winter months with year long ventilation for the calves. Also, veal farmers work with veterinarians in herd programs that ensure the health of animals by minimizing stress and disease. Quality feed is a key part of maintaining the health, energy levels, and growth of young calves. Producers of veal are required to participate in the Veal Quality Assurance Program that maintains the highest standards of care for certification.
On the days you don’t want to make veal parmesan after a long day of work, we are here serving up a number of Italian veal dishes you’ll love! With so much sweet and savory Italian goodness to choose from, you’ll need to plan a few trips to explore everything we offer. Here’s a few days we recommend visiting us during the week:
This isn’t just any happy hour. This happy hour features our half priced signature cocktails like Lemon Queen, Girasole, My Cousin Vinny, Old Sicilian, Etna by Sunrise, Mr. Casanova, and a vast beer and wine selection. Compliment your favorite adult beverage with our wonderful selection of bites including Margherita Flatbread, Mama’s Meatballs, and more!
From red and wine selections on tap to sparkling rose, this is a great evening to pair your favorite wine with a hearty veal parmesan dish.
Pizza is the best way to bring family and friends together. Schedule a date or family night on Tuesdays with us for 11 inch mouthwatering, gourmet pizzas. Don’t forget to pair your pizza with our signature cocktails and treat yourself with a sweet dessert!
Here’s another opportunity to try the best veal parmesan in South Miami or any pasta from our menu for only $12!
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