I have two favorite meals at fancy restaurants. The first is a good steak. Bonus is there is a red-wine sauce included. The second is veal piccata. Heaven forbid both are on the same menu - I wouldn't be able to decide.
The absolute best veal piccata in the world comes from Naples, my favorite restaurant on Earth, which is this cute old-world Italian restaurant that is locally owned in Knoxville. For Memphis people, it is sort of a Pete and Sam's, but better. Since I can't drive to Knoxville every time I want a veal piccata fix, I have found a substitute - Carraba's veal piccata is my runner up favorite veal piccata. It is perfection.
So naturally when I was deciding what to cook for a fancy cook at home dinner the another night, I started Pinterest-ing (the art of searching Pinterest for pins) veal piccata. I have made it before and knew what recipe I wanted (its pretty standard and basic) but just needed to find the specifics.
And so there it was - I found it:
The link worked (always a risk with Pinterest) and took me to a recipe by Recipe Girl: http://www.recipegirl.com/2006/11/06/veal-piccata/
Her recipe worked and was exactly what I wanted. I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some ingredients (a con about this is that the veal is expensive but you could use chicken cutlets pounded thin just as easily - and a pro of the recipe is that it doesn't call for many ingredients). I brought them home and my personal chef got to work:
Isn't his helper sweet?
We put the veal piccata over angel hair pasta (boxed not fresh because Whole Foods didn't have fresh - what gives there?) and served with asparagus. Including the white wine (Bogle Chardonnay by the way - $10 for a bottle and it is a Consumer Reports best buy), this meal cost us $35 total. That may seem like a lot but think about if both of us got it at a nice restaurant and bought the bottle of wine there. Adding in tip you're looking at doubling that amount. So for a weekend dinner, a great deal.
Have I mentioned I love capers? Favorite thing ever. The texture, the flavor. Love.
You should make this next time you want to have a fancy meal. And remember - substitute chicken cutlets for the veal and you'll save about $8 of your costs. Here's the link to the recipe again. Highly recommend it! http://www.recipegirl.com/2006/11/06/veal-piccata/
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