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Veal Parmigiana, Char Grilled Baby Dutch Carrots, Greens

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200g (2 cups) packaged breadcrumbs
170g (1 cup) polenta
1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 lemons, finely grated
300g (2 cups) plain flour
6 eggs, lightly beaten
6 x 100g veal schnitzel
240g (2 cups) light, reduced fat, grated tasty cheese
2bn baby Dutch carrots, trimmed
Olive oil spray
2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 brown onion, finely chopped
140g (1/2 cup) tomato paste
1/2 cup finely chopped basil
2 x 400g can Italian diced tomatoes, with oregano & basil
2 tbs olive oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1bn silverbeet, trimmed, roughly chopped
250g Baby spinach
Lemon wedges, to serve


1 Combine breadcrumbs, polenta, parsley and lemon in a large bowl. Season to taste and toss well to combine; place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs mixture in separate shallow bowls. Dust veal schnitzel with flour, shake off excess, then dip in egg and coat in breadcrumb mixture. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until ready to cook.
2 Meanwhile, to make the Napolitana sauce, heat oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add garlic and onion and cook stirring for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Stir in tomato paste and cook for a further 3 minutes or until paste starts to caramelise. Add diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly; season to taste. Cover with aluminium foil and keep warm until ready to use.
3 Preheat oven to 200C and line two large oven trays with baking paper. Place veal schnitzels on trays, spray both sides of veal with olive oil spray and bake for 10 minutes. Turn schnitzels and evenly spoon over napolitana sauce and scatter with cheese. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until cooked and lightly golden. Rest 8 minutes before serving. (photochef please note – the veal steaks we used were approx 1-1.5cm thick for the above cook time).
4 Preheat a lightly greased char-grill pan or barbecue to high. Spray Dutch carrots all over with olive oil spray and cook, turning frequently, for 12 minutes or until carrots are charred and tender but still with a crunch. Season to taste.
5 To cook the greens, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add onion, silverbeet and spinach and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until onion has softened and greens have wilted. Season to taste.
6 Divide greens, carrots and Parmigiana among plates. Serve with lemon wedges and ciabatta bread.


1 Use a combination of baby heirloom carrots. Heirloom carrots are available from supermarkets and green grocers.
2 Alternatively, if you are short of time use store bought napolitana sauce, available in all supermarkets.
3 All about veal – veal is the meat of younger cattle characterised by its pink colour and mild, delicate flavour. Lean and tender it is ideal for a quick and healthy meal, but is equally at home in slow cook favourites such as osso buco and is a great alternative to traditional beef cuts.
4 The schnitzels should come prepared at the correct thickness, if not use a meat mallet to get them to the desired thickness.
5 Veal is generally a lighter colour and leaner than beef as it comes from a younger animal.
6 Baking schnitzels rather than frying is a healthier option.