Monday, February 28, 2011


Last year Gary and I were shopping at Walmart, and came across an interesting cut of beef that we had never seen before. It was called Milanesa. It was nice looking, very thinly sliced beef, and it looked like it would be tasty for some recipe, so we brought it home.

I went online to learn what it was used for and found a bunch of different ways to make Milanesa. I chose an easy method of preparing it using ingredients I knew I had, and it turned out great. It is now a family favorite, and I make it every couple of months, so I thought I would share the recipe.

Milanesa is made in South American and basically a breaded, shallow fried cut of thinly sliced beef.

1 package of Milanesa
3-4 beaten eggs in a glass pie pan (more eggs if you bought a large pack of meat)
2 cups of flour in another glass pie pan

Season the flour w/ Salt, pepper, a little garlic or onion powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, cumin 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, a dash or two of Cheyenne pepper
Using a sturdy pan for frying add about 3/4 of an inch of corn oil (vegetable oil is fine too)

A word about seasoning- this is something every home cook needs to learn on her/his own-it is based on family preference- some people love pepper, some people love garlic and want more, some people hate hot spices etc. When you first make something with a spice you aren't used to, go easy, next time you'll know if you want more- after awhile seasoning soups, sauces, breading flour etc. is just something you can do. Smell it, taste it, look at it, and decide. This would be a good skill to teach the kids and have them watch so they can get a feel for it from a young age.
Turn on oven to 200 F. Put a rectangle cooling rack on a baking sheet and set in warm oven.

Heat oil in pan. Coat meat w/ egg then flour- carefully fry in pan on both sides until a nice golden brown- Depending on the size of your pan, and the size of the meat you can do 2-4 pieces at a time. Carefully remove to a plate- test one for doneness-there should be no pink- if there is, return to pan and cook until not pink. Transfer cooked pieces to the pan in the oven to keep warm while you cook the rest. When complete- set the hot oil on the back of the oven to cool and serve it up. We have had this with mashed potatoes or Spanish rice and a veggie like corn or any other favorite veggie.
Great recipe to try- super yummy treat!

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