Italian, Main, Pasta

Veal Piccata

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Veal Piccata is something that you would normally order from an upscale Italian or Mediterranean restaurant.  The great thing about this dish though is that is it actually quick and easy to make at home with relatively little effort.  Like all of the recipes I like to share, do not go cheep on your veal cut though: Go Fresh! 

The capers, fresh lemon juice and a good crisp white wine, will give you a rich sauce that will impress. 

Veal Piccata

Course: MainCuisine: Italian


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Veal piccata that’s quick enough to make on a weeknight yet restaurant-worthy enough for weekends.


  • Twelve (2- to 3-ounce) veal top round cutlets (or chicken breast or turkey cutlets) pounded until 1/4-inch (6-mm) thick*

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter plus more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more as needed

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock or canned chicken broth

  • 1 lemon preferably organic, thinly sliced and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup capers drained

  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves


  • Season the veal on both sides with the salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off any excess. Place the veal on a plate.
  • In a 12-inch (30-cm) skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons butter and the oil. Working in batches, add the veal cutlets to the skillet, being careful not to crowd the skillet.
  • Cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes total. (If using chicken or turkey, cook until no trace of pink remains, about 3 minutes per side.) Move to a platter or a baking sheet and loosely cover while you repeat with the remaining veal. If necessary, add more butter and oil to the skillet.
  • Carefully add the wine to the skillet and cook, still over medium-high heat and scraping the bottom of the skillet, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and lemon slices and bring to a boil.
  • Cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, capers, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and tilt the pan to swirl the butter until it’s incorporated into the sauce.
  • Using tongs, place the cutlets back in the skillet, turn to coat them with the sauce, and let them warm through before arranging the cutlets on plates or a platter. Pour the remaining sauce over the cutlets and serve immediately.

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