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Milanesa al Plato: The Best Comfort Food of South American Cuisine 

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Milanesa al plato is the comfort food par excellence in South American cuisine, you just can’t beat it. 

Here is Camila, an Argentinian proud of her country’s food and, above all, of the comfort food she used to have every Sunday at her grandma’s house. 

I expect you to finish reading this brief and humble article with the urge to make a reservation at your favorite South American steakhouse. You can thank me later. 

Milanesa al plato is a historical meal in the dinner tables of South America, mainly in Argentina and Uruguay. I am from Buenos Aires and there is no authentic Argentinian food restaurant that does not keep milanesa in a prominent place on its menu. 

But beyond going out to eat a fine milanesa with all the bells and whistles (because, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the milanesa can be customized in almost infinite ways, we’ll see) the fun of the milanesa is in being the comforting homemade dish of every Argentinean.

Prepare your homemade milanesa, add some french fries or mashed potatoes, hit play on your movie and surrender to a life a little more beautiful and smoother than usual for at least the duration of a dinner. 

Now, this dish made mainly of breaded meat is not one of the most famous in Argentinian food just for that reason. Its grace is its incredible versatility. 

Let’s start with the two timeless classics: milanesa de pollo (chicken milanese) and milanesa de carne (beef milanesa). However, the list goes on and on. There is also fish milanesa, pork milanese, even eggplant milanesa for vegetarians (or meat-eating people who love eggplant, of course, I am one of them).

But it doesn’t end there. Another possibility among the classics for those with a bigger appetite is to prepare your own milanesa and give it the final touch with a fried egg on top. 

Another twist on the traditional milanesa that has become a great timeless classic is the milanesa napolitana. Simply take your chicken or beef milanesa and top it with ham, cheese and marinara sauce. If the gods have a favorite meal, that must be it. 

And of course, we can’t forget the side dishes. Milanesa is eaten with a side dish, rule number one. The classic choices are french fries, green salad or mashed potatoes. Just choose your own adventure.

Well, the possibilities of breading something and making it delicious are endless. It’s just a matter of letting your imagination and your appetite run wild a little bit. 

Time to cook. This time we are going with the classics. Here, the traditional milanesa al plato recipe to achieve the best milanesa de pollo or beef milanesa in your own home. The only thing that changes is the protein, so simply choose your favorite and follow this recipe step by step. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 4 thin slices of veal (such as sirloin or round steak)
  • 2 cups of bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Start by pounding the chicken breasts or veal slices to an even thickness, about ¼ inch.
  2. In a shallow dish, beat the eggs with salt and pepper to create an egg wash.
  3. Place the bread crumbs in another shallow dish.
  4. Dip each chicken breast or slice of veal into the egg bath, making sure they are completely covered.
  5. Dredge the chicken or veal in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere the breadcrumbs to the meat.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the breaded chicken breasts or veal slices to the pan, cooking for 3-4 minutes for chicken or 2-3 minutes for veal on each side until browned and well done.
  8. Remove the chicken or veal from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  9. Serve hot with your choice of garnish, such as fries, salad, mashed potatoes or grilled vegetables.

The best of South American food is served! Personally I highly recommend accompanying this comfort food with mashed potatoes, it’s the perfect combination of textures.

Now that you have everything you need to prepare a good homemade milanesa al plato, it’s time to choose your favorite movie and enjoy pampering your heart and your stomach, all at the same time.

Argenta’s tip: make lots of milanesas and freeze them for the next time you have a craving. Believe me, it won’t take you long.And for those who are too lazy to cook (it happens to the best of us), make it easy: just give in to the temptation of fine breaded beef and make a reservation or order online at your nearest and best South American steakhouse. If you want to get a proper beef milanesa or chicken milanesa, this is the spot.

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