11/17/09 Veal Scaloppine with Milk

"L'Italia farą da sč." (Italy will take care of itself; a common expression when Italy was in the process of reunification.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Tomatoes Au Gratin
  -Sweet and Sour Peppers
  -Veal Scaloppine with Milk

"Auguri e saluti" to all our readers. Enjoy this week's recipes!

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 Recipe: Tomatoes Au Gratin

Tomatoes Au Gratin
Pomodori Al Gratin


4 tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing and drizzling
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) breadcrumbs
1 onion, chopped
3 canned anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
1 fresh flatleaf parsley sprig, chopped
1 tablespoon capers, drained, rinsed and chopped


Scoop out the tomato seeds and some of the flesh, sprinkle with salt and turn upside down on kitchen paper to drain for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F) Gas Mark 3.

Brush an ovenproof dish with olive oil.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small saucepan, add 2 oz (50 grams) of the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the remaining olive oil in another small pan, add the onion and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the anchovies and parsley, mix well and remove from the heat.

Stir in the capers and fried breadcrumbs.

Fill the tomato halves with the mixture and place in the prepared dish.

Sprinkle with the remaining breadcrumbs, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Sweet and Sour Peppers

Sweet and Sour Peppers
Peperoni in Agrodolce


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 peppers, halved, seeded and thickly sliced
7 fl oz (200 ml) white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar


Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the peppers and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

Season with salt, then remove from the pan and set aside.

Pour the vinegar into the pan juices, stir in the sugar, increase the heat and cook, stirring, until the vinegar has almost completely evaporated.

Return the peppers to the pan and cook for a further 2 minutes, then transfer to a warm serving dish. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Veal Scaloppine with Milk

Veal Scaloppine with Milk
Scaloppine al Latte


4 veal escalopes plain flour, for dusting
1 egg
2 oz (50 grams) breadcrumbs
1 oz (25 grams) butter
18 fl oz (500 ml) milk
1 tablespoon capers, drained rinsed and chopped
Salt and pepper


Lightly pound the veal escalopes with a meat mallet and dust with flour.

Beat the egg with a little salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

Spread out the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.

Dip the veal escalopes first in the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumbs and shake off the excess.

Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the veal and cook for 3 minutes on each side.

Pour in the milk, cover the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes until the veal is tender.

Arrange the veal escalopes on a warm serving dish.

Stir the capers into the hot cooking juices and pour the mixture over the meat. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Italy Soccer Fans Protest Plans to Issue Stadium ID Cards

Rome - November 13, 2009 - A few hundred fans have marched through central Rome to protest government plans to require police-approved identity cards for fans to enter reserved sections of stadiums.

The Interior Ministry has said the cards offer benefits, such as priority in ticket purchases and a faster entrance to stadiums. But the cards are primarily a security measure since fans who have been convicted of violence in the past five years or been barred from matches won't receive the police clearance necessary to get them.

On Saturday, a few hundred fans from all over the country converged on Rome to denounce the cards. Many sported "No to the fan card" T-shirts and locked arms.

The protest was clouded by smoke from flares, but was largely peaceful.

"Andate tutti a 'fanculo!" The fans are right! They shouldn't have to carry ID cards!

If the Italian government wants to outlaw something it should outlaw soccer. Ever watch a typical Italian soccer game? You'd swear you think you were looking at National Geographic with a soccer ball!

If organized Italian soccer had to depend on this news staff for money, "cacchio," they would be in sad shape. Those soccer games are so stupid! We'll admit, we sometimes get caught up in the hysteria during the World Cup but to actually go to the stadium is out of the question.

Going to the stadium is the same as going to a hostile country. The fans act like wild animals. It’s not civilized. It’s frightening!

On any given seat, there's action. Then, at the end of the game, the stadium is handed over to the Italian cannibals and tribes who begin their war games. They should fill it with quick sand and vines so that they'll feel more at home. "Cavolo", and don't forget the snakes in the locker rooms.

So, if the government has to go forward with the ID card program, at least tattoo the ID card info on the fans' foreheads.

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