Veal Milanese with Arugula Salad and Roasted Maitake Mushrooms

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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3 cups maitake mushrooms, separated into small pieces

Olive oil, for roasting and shallow-frying 

Kosher salt and pepper

Kosher salt and pepper 

4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in veal chops, Frenched, chine bone removed 

Flour, for dredging 

4 large free-range organic eggs 

1 cup fine dry bread crumbs 

1 cup panko bread crumbs or homemade coarse bread crumbs 

1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 

A little freshly grated nutmeg 

2 lemons, halved and caramelized, or cut into wedges 

Arugula Salad with Sage and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Arugula Salad with Sage and White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

1 small clove garlic, pasted

2 or 3 leaves fresh sage, very thinly sliced or mashed together with the garlic using a mortar and pestle 

1 small shallot, grated (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) 

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 

2 teaspoons light honey (such as acacia) 

1/3 cup EVOO 

Salt and pepper 

Salt and pepper

5 ounces arugula, baby kale, or a combination (6 cups) 

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the separated pieces of maitake mushrooms onto a baking sheet and toss with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast until crispy, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, set a chop upright on a cutting board with the meaty side facing up. Using a thin sharp knife, cut into the meat and cut through the center, toward the bone. Stop short of the bone, then open up the meat like a book. Do not remove the meat from the bone; the bone itself will be at the center of the butterflied chop. Place the meat between sheets of parchment or plastic with a dab of water and gently and evenly pound the meat out with a meat mallet, flipping the meat a couple of times, until it's 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Set up a dredging station: Line up 3 shallow bowls on the counter. Spread flour in one, beat the eggs in the second, and mix the fine bread crumbs, panko, Parm, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste in the third.
  5. When the mushrooms are done, lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees F (leave the mushrooms in the oven). Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet and set in the oven.
  6. In large cast-iron skillet, heat about 1/4 inch oil over medium-high heat.
  7. Coat the veal in flour and shake off the excess. Turn a chop in the egg, shaking off the excess, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Fry the chops, one at a time, until deep golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Keep the cutlets warm on the prepared baking sheet in the oven.
  8. Serve the veal with lemon for squeezing and a side of mushrooms. Place the Arugula Salad with Sage and White Balsamic Vinaigrette under or on top of each cutlet.

Arugula Salad with Sage and White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the garlic, sage, shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, and honey. Still whisking, stream in the EVOO to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. Put the greens and tomatoes in a large serving bowl, add the dressing, and toss to coat.