Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Pojarski with Lemon Caper Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 pound well chilled ground veal

1/2 pound well chilled ground pork

3 cups fresh bread crumbs

1/2 cup heavy cream

Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons drained bottled capers, chopped

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a food processor blend the veal, pork, 1 cup of bread crumbs, cream, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste until the mixture is combined well and form 1/2 cupfuls of the mixture into 1/2-inch thick patties. Have ready in separate bowls the eggs, and the remaining 2 cups bread crumbs. Dip the patties, 1 at a time, in the egg, letting the excess drip off, dredge them in the bread crumbs, and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill the patties on the baking sheet for 30 minutes. In a large heavy skillet heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over moderately high heat until the foam subsides and in the fat saute the patties in batches for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and springy to the touch. Transfer the patties as they are cooked to a platter and keep them warm, covered. Wipe out the skillet, add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, and melt it over moderate heat. Add the lemon juice and capers and simmer the sauce for 1 minute. Stir in the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and pour the sauce over the patties;