Veal is a meat option that we don’t see very frequently on restaurant menus here in America. Go to a restaurant in Italy, and you are almost guaranteed to see this specialty meat incorporated into many of the dishes. Veal is one of Italy and France’s most popular meats and can be found at higher-end restaurants here in the US.
But what makes this meat so special?
What is Veal?
Let’s begin by explaining what exactly veal is. Unlike traditional meat from full-grown cattle, this beef is taken from the calves. It can come from both males and females, but more often comes from males. Veal has become a delicacy because it is far more tender and flavorful than traditional cuts of beef.
History of Veal
Veal originated in ancient European times and became popular with the Romans, Austrians, and the French. The tender meat and lack of fat made this meat a delicacy around Europe. Veal is usually priced higher as compared to the standard cuts of meat. The calves must be raised in a controlled environment and are held to high-quality requirements. It is not unusual to find rare veal served at restaurants across Europe.
There are hundreds of Italian recipes that incorporate this tender meat. Here are some of the classic veal dishes.
- Veal Milanese: This style of Veal comes from Milan, Italy. This dish includes dipping the meat in eggs and breadcrumbs, and then frying the entire thing in oil. The crispy outer layer and tender cut of meat make for a fantastic meal!
- Veal Parmesan: This dish is made almost exactly the same way that Chicken Parmesan is made. Swapping the chicken out for veal gives a delicious twist to this traditional Italian dish.
- Scaloppine al Pompelmo: This dish combines unique ingredients together to create a tasty flavor. The main components that are always incorporated into this dish are scallops, veal, and grape juice.
If you are interested in creating one of these dishes, you can find veal at certain grocery stores or butcher shops.
Veal at Strega
Strega is proud to offer several dishes using this specialty meat. Our executive chef, born and trained in Sicily, has created his own twist on veal dishes. Try our delicious Limoncello, Saltimbocca, stuffed veal chop, and veal meatballs. Find out why veal became one of the most popular meats in all of Italy!