This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and it’s a bit of an old-fashioned classic – in fact, when I served it, Neil said “Oh, we haven’t had schnitzel in ages” (sidenote: what’s the difference between schnitzel and “milanese-style”? Here’s an interesting article). And no, we haven’t and I’m not sure why!
My friend Tony Fortuna’s restaurant, TBar, is the kind of place you could go to every day, and many people do—it’s beloved on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I go there often, and many times, despite all the terrific dishes and the seasonal specials, I end up ordering the Chicken Milanese. I can’t resist the combination of a perfectly breaded, perfectly sautéed chicken breast—in culinary terms, “Milanese” means breaded and sautéed—topped with a bright, citrusy salad and served with a wedge of lemon, just in case you want more tang.
At TBar, the chicken is pounded as thin as an old-school long-playing record; it’s as round as one too. I’ve never been able to come close to TBar’s thinness and circularity, but the spirit of the dish is easy to recreate, and the pleasure is the same even if the aesthetics aren’t.
This was a simple dish to put together and I made everything in advance – chicken, salad and dressing – which made for an easy dinner. Though it’s just a simple meal, it’s so flavourful (I actually used breadcrumbs that had some Parmesan and “Italian seasoning” in them and it worked really well!). I’ll be remaking this old classic sooner rather than later!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Chicken and Salad Milanese style on page 109 of Everyday Dorie or here.
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