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Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 11, Day 2

Veal Parmigiana
Spaghetti
Braised Italian Carrots

Cooking time: 35 easy minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        We're being Italian this weekend.  Classic Veal Parmesan, something that is so easy to make, we should eat it at home and reserve restaurants for the more complicated things... The entire dinner is super easy and quick, for a relaxing evening.  Pour a nice Barolo and enjoy! If you have leftover sauce, use it in place of tomato sauce on Sunday.

Veal Parmigiana

Total time: 30 minutes
    A classic on every Italian menu, and one that is easy to make at home  The veal is lightly breaded and quickly fried.  We topped it with a slice of Mozzarella di Bufala, not traditional, but very good.  You could substitute turkey cutlets or chicken breasts, pounded thinly, for the veal, but they will require longer cooking.

veal parmesan Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Carrots with Bacon & Onion

Total time: 25 minutes
     Based on an Italian recipe using pancetta.  The bacon works well with the sweet carrots and cooking off the pan juices leaves them with a lovely glaze.

Sautéed Carrots with Bacon & Onion  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
pot and colander for pasta, 2 large skillets, 1 lid,
small skillet with lid, oven-proof plate, 2 flattish
bowls, wax or foil paper

Put water on high heat for pasta
Sauté bacon / Prosciutto for carrots
Mix crumbs, Parmesan
Lightly beat egg
Dip veal into egg, then crumbs/Parmesan, set aside
Slice Mozzarella, set aside
Turn bacon
Chop all onion, divide
Mince garlic
Open tomatoes, roughly chop
Sauté onion, garlic for sauce
Peel, cut carrot

Remove bacon
Add onions, sauté
Cook spaghetti
Add all tomatoes, herbs, wine, Worcestershire to sauce
Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer, uncovered
Add carrots to onions, cover, simmer
Heat oil in skillet for veal
Add veal to skillet, brown
Turn veal
Turn oven on, 250F (125C)
Remove veal, put on heat-proof plate, put in oven
Grate Parmesan
Uncover carrots, cook off pan juices
    Pause a minute while it all finishes
Drain spaghetti, put in bowl
Put veal in sauce, top with mozzarella, cover and melt
Crumble bacon, add to carrots
Serve - Don't forget the the extra Parmesan