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There is a lovely book — Olives, Anchovies, and Capers by Georgeanne Brennan [2001] — that Suzen and I often turn to. We love food with a bite, thus explaining our penchant for hot sauces and the cuisine of Santa Fe. But Mediterranean cuisines have long had the techniques and recipes to satisfy anyone with a “hot” tooth.

There can be no mistaking the intensity of olive, anchovies, or capers. Sometimes Georgeanne combines them all in her exceptional recipes. Sometimes, she lets one flavor shine through.

This is a classic caper dish, intensified by adding a parmesan crust to the veal. The recipe in the book calls for veal chops. We wanted a lighter meal, and did not want to lighten our wallets. So made this dish with veal scallops instead. The recipe below is the original, complete with veal chops.

This is a centerpiece dish, one where the depth and layering of flavors will dominate everything else on the table. So, pair it up with green beans or perhaps some extra-buttery mashed potatoes.

If you love capers, then this can be your next Sunday feast.

Parmesan-Crusted Veal Chops Finished with Lemon and Capers


Yield: serves 4



  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup freshly made fine dried bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons water
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour 4 veal chops, each about 6 ounces and ½-inch thick
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons, about 1/3 cup
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained


In a shallow bowl, combine the cheese, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper and mix well. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and water just until blended. Spread ½ cup flour on a plate. Coat a veal chop on both sides with the flour, tapping off the excess. Drip the chop into the egg mixture, then dip it into the cheese mixture, coating it on both sides. Set the chop aside on a waxed paper and quickly repeat with the remaining 3 chops.

In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When it is hot, add the chops and fry, turning once, until a golden crust has formed on the exterior, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If the chops are browning too quickly, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook until cooked through but still faintly pink at the center, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a warmed platter or individual plates and keep warm.

Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the oil from the skillet. Return the pan to medium-high heat, add the lemon juice, and stir to scrape up any bits clinging to the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to low, add the capers and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds.

Pour the lemon juice and capers evenly over the chops and serve immediately.


Source: Olives, Anchovies, and Capers by Georgeanne Brennan

Photo Information Canon T2i, EFS 60 mm Macro Lens, F/5.6 for 1/15th second at ISO‑3200