Veal Schnitzel

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Schnitzel is a classic Austrian dish made with slices of veal, pounded think, then breaded and pan fried. This version is served with a side of quail eggs.
Recipe By: Chefs Anne and David Gingrass
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  • ServesMakes four entrees

Ingredients

    • for the veal
    • 16 oz Veal loin, denuded and cleaned of all silver skin
    • 2 tsp Fresh thyme leaves, chopped
    • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
    • 2 each eggs
    • 2 cups Fresh bread crumbs (dried will work, but not quite as well)
    • 1/2 cup Olive oil
    • to taste Salt and pepper
    • 2 Tbls Sweet butter
    • 1 Tbl Fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 Ea Fresh shallot, peeled and minced
    • 1 tsp Fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 2 tsp Olive oil
    • 8 each Fresh quail eggs (available in Asian markets)
    • 1 cup Arugula leaves
    • to taste salt and pepper

Instructions

-for the fried veal
Preheat the oven to 250 F to use as a holding oven. You can also place the plates in to get warm at this time.

Next, the veal should be cut and pounded. Slice the veal loin, across the grain, into four even pieces about 4 oz. each. Next, butterfly each piece by again cutting across the grain but not quite all of the way through. Open each slice up and place it between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat pounder or the flat side of a cleaver, pound the meat on a smooth surface until it is uniformly 1/4" thick. You may prefer to ask you butcher to do this for you. After the meat has been pounded, sprinkle the thyme leaves evenly over both sides of all four pieces and proceed to breading the meat.

To bread the veal, you will need three separate containers to hold the flour, eggs and bread crumbs. Pie tins work well but any other flat, shallow container will be fine. Crack the eggs into one of the containers and mix them well. Pour the flour and bread crumbs into the other two containers. Season the flour with salt and pepper and season the veal on both sides. Dredge the veal in the flour and then place the floured meat into the egg. Turn the meat over in the eggs to lightly coat it then lift it out, allowing the excess egg to drip back into the pan. At this time the meat will be sticky. Place the veal flat into the bread crumbs, allowing the crumbs to adhere then pick it up and turn it over to coat the other side. You may need to press the bread crumbs lightly into the veal to coat it completely. Lift the breaded veal out of the crumbs and place it onto a flat pan. Repeat with all four pieces.

To cook the veal, heat a saute pan of suitable size over medium heat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and heat until hot but not smoking. Place the first piece of veal in the pan and cook until golden brown on the first side then turn over and finish cooking. Remove the schnitzel to a flat pan with a dry towel to absorb the oil and hold it in the warm oven. Repeat with the remaining three pieces of meat.

-for the sauce and fried eggs
The sauce is made very quickly by frying the sweet butter and adding the shallots, parsley and lemon juice. First, place one veal schnitzel on each warm plate and hold them in the warm oven. Next, wipe the oil and bread crumbs out of the saute pan used to fry the veal and place it over high heat. When the pan is hot, add the two tablespoons of sweet butter and melt it, allowing it to brown lightly. When the butter is hot, add the shallots and parsley and cook for one minute. Next add the lemon juice and remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and spoon evenly over the four schnitzels.

-to assemble the dish
In a small teflon frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium and fry the quail eggs, three or four at a time, sunny side up. Place two eggs on top of each schnitzel and sprinkle the arugula leaves around the plate at the edge of the schnitzels.

Additional Notes

-for the lemon sauce, salad and fried eggs
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