There are endless recipes for scallopini but my favorite is a classic 5-minute lemon & parsley pan sauce. Scallopini refers to meat that has been pounded thin & coated with flour. You can use veal, chicken, turkey or pork loin and in about 5 minutes make scallopini with capers or porcini mushrooms or marsala or olives & tomatoes or green pepper corns, the list goes on!
Adjust it with the seasons - light & fresh in the summer with lemon & parsley or porcini mushrooms in the fall for a heartier dish. Thinly sliced veal can be bought at any market, let your butcher know what your making so they can make the proper cut.
Two to three slices of melt in your mouth veal in the pan with a little salad or roasted potatoes with rosemary can be a fabulous quick dinner any night of the week!
Veal in the Pan with Lemon
Scallopini di Vitello al Limone
4 slices of veal, pounded thin
knob or 2 of butter
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons of water
salt & pepper
On medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons of butter & a bit of oil to the pan.
Dredge veal in flour, shaking off the excess & add to the pan. After a minute or so, as the blood comes to the surface of the meat, it’s time to turn it over. Then let it cook a minute or so on the other side & it’s done. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Set aside on a warm platter.
Turn the heat down to low. Add juice of one lemon & the water. Reduce by half. Remove pan from heat. Add in parsley & dot the pan with the remaining butter. Swirl until butter is melted. Serve immediately.