How to Make Argentina Stuffed Milanesa
Are you expecting dinner guests and don't know what to prepare? Today we'll tell you all you need to prepare a stuffed milanesa. This typical Argentine dish is a delight for children and adults alike. What's more, it's really easy to make!
Milanesa is a typical Argentine dish and is particularly popular among the youngest of eaters. And if you serve it with ham and cheese, you’re sure to please even more. Today, we’ll tell you everything you need to make stuffed milenesa. It’ll be an instant favorite!
In fact, this dish is a great way to get children to eat meat without even realizing it. So, if you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, don’t hesitate to make some delicious milanesas. Below, you’ll find the step-by-step instructions.
The nutritional value of milanesa
When choosing meat for making your stuffed milanesa, you need to think about nutritional value. In general, this recipe involves thin slices of beef or pork, but you can also make it with chicken. The choice is yours. Just the same, we recommend choosing from among the following lean cuts:
- Pork: Pork loins, shoulder, or pork fillet.
- Beef: Beef tenderloin, flank, beef fillets, sirloin.
- Poultry: Chicken breast.
In the specific case of beef cuts, the leanest parts contain only 6 grams of fat for every 100 grams of meat. What’s more, according to the Spanish Nutritional Foundation, lean beef contains 21% of proteins, which is superior to that found in fattier parts.
At the same time, beef is rich in iron, zinc, and group B vitamins, especially riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12. Pork, on the other hand, contains 23% fat, 42% of which is monounsaturated (oleic acid). As for its nutritional value, it contains zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12.
As for chicken, it’s composed mainly of water. It does contain fat. However, it’s mostly monounsaturated (oleic acid). In fact, one portion of chicken satisfies 97% of the recommended intake of niacin for women.
As you well know, different meats offer proteins with a high biological value for our bodies. However, our intake of red meats should be limited. To be more specific, we should only eat them two or three times a week at most.
We recommend planning your weekly menu in order to meet the recommendations of nutritional experts.
How to make Argentine stuffed milanesa
Have you ever heard of chicken cordon bleu? Ham and cheese stuffed milanesa is quite similar, except you don’t necessarily have to use blue cheese. Plus, as we’ve mentioned, you don’t even have to opt for beef. Whatever meat and cheese you choose, you’ll find that this recipe is easy and delicious.
Remember to always choose lean meats cut into thin slices. What’s more, we suggest accompanying your milanesa with a light salad–lettuce, tomato, and corn, for example. Remember that there’s plenty of protein in your milanesa, so include a good portion of vegetables on your plate!
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- 4 fillets of your choice of meat, thickly cut
- 2 cups of bread crumbs or panko
- 3 eggs
- 4 slices of deli ham
- 4 slices of your choice of cheese–Swiss, mozzarella, Colby jack, cheddar, goat cheese, or whatever you like best
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for frying (preferably extra virgin olive oil)
- First, lightly salt your meat and then place a slice of ham and cheese on each fillet.
- Fold the meat slice over so that the ham and cheese are in the middle. Then, use toothpicks to hold the meat in place.
- Crack the eggs and place them in a shallow bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Beat well.
- Prepare another shallow bowl with bread crumbs.
- Place each fillet in the egg, coating well on both sides.
- Then, coat your fillets in breadcrumbs without pressing down too much. Remove the toothpicks in the process.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry your stuffed milanesa until it’s crisp and golden.
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Ideas for Argentine stuffed milanesa
Of course, there are all sorts of ways that you can vary this recipe and adapt it to the tastes of your family. Below, we’ll offer a few ideas:
- You can double coat your milanesa with egg and bread crumbs for an even crunchier texture.
- To obtain a richer flavor, marinate your meat beforehand in a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and chopped onion.
- The type of cheese you choose can drastically change the flavor of the final product. Blue cheese, for example, will give you a much more intense taste. You can also use goat cheese to add intensity, as well as make your dish lactose free.
- Add minced garlic and chopped parsley to the beaten eggs to give a more intense taste to your meat.
- Another delicious way to vary stuffed milanesa is to add tomato and basil. Just thinly slice cherry tomatoes and place them between the ham and cheese, along with basil leaves.
So, what do you think about preparing this classic Argentine dish for your family? Or why not impress some dinner guests? No matter who you’re cooking for, we’re sure they’re going to love it!