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Veal Escalopes in Lemon Sauce

Scaloppine, or escalopes, are popular in Italian cuisine. Often spelt ‘scaloppini’ in English, these thin cuts of meat are usually veal but they can also be chicken. The meat is dredged in flour, sautéed and then served with a sauce. The sauce might be piccata, which means lemon and capers, or it could be a wine sauce, or something tomato-based. Scaloppa means scallop in Italian, so scaloppe is scallops plural, and scaloppine (or scaloppini) means small scallops. Despite the name, these are nothing to do with seafood and are instead a meat dish.

The following recipe describes a very typical way of making this, and you will find this being served at dinnertime in Italian homes all over Italy. Even the smell of this dish is unique, and if you are strolling down a street in Italy and you suddenly smell meat and lemon in the air, that is a clue that a lovely scaloppini recipe is sizzling on somebody’s stove.

You can buy veal escalopes or get a butcher to thinly slice veal filets for you, then you need to dredge them in wheat flour. Don’t use too much flour – just drag each escalope through it, then shake off any excess. This crisps up to make a nice coating on the meat. Cook them for a white then add butter, white wine and lemon to the pan and cook the veal in that mixture to soak up the beautiful flavors. The scaloppini can then be served garnishes with chives or parsley, to add a splash of color. Continue reading

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