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Palermo cutlets (baked)

by Ada Parisi
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Cotolette alla palermitana (al forno)

Maybe they're little known outside of Sicily, but for the Sicilians the cutlets alla palermitana cooked in the oven I'm a traditional and light recipe, but tasty like all Sicilian recipes. Very easy to prepare, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE. These are mainly slices of beef, but also chicken, pork or veal first marinated in extra virgin olive oil and lemon, and then breaded in a bread-based mixture grated and pecorino cheese. To which various spices and aromatic herbs can be added: I, For example,, I always put dry oregano, fragrant, some’ of chopped parsley and sometimes even a little’ of sesame seeds. But they are also excellent with chopped mint or capers. You can add pepper, chili or even a pinch of curry for an oriental taste. In short, you can indulge your tastes. One traditional Sicilian recipe very simple and really delicious, that won't make you regret the traditional fried cutlets in the clarified oil or butter.

Palermo cutlets, tasty and light

Slices of meat, who don't have the classic bread in flour and beaten egg, they are not fried but cooked in the oven or even on the plate. They are therefore much lighter than traditional fried cutlets (you've already tried the FRIED CUTLETS WITH MESSINA, with video recipe Annexed?). I prefer baking, on well-oiled baking paper. The result is practically identical to fried cutlet: golden breadcrumbs, crunchy, flavorful, juicy interior.

My advice to prefer rather high slices, about one centimeter, so that they remain very soft. Thanks to the presence of pecorino cheese, the breadcrumbs are very tasty and take on a really inviting color. I assure you the baked palermo cutlets will not make you regret the frying, Indeed, i'm sure they'll become the favorites of many of you. I find pork loin and chicken breast to be the most suitable meats for this type of preparation. But my mother, that's palermo, prefers beef.

Cutlets of meat, fish or vegetables: all alternatives

Of course I remind you to take a look at all my SICILIAN RECIPES and, leaving you some other ideas on cutlets, I wish you good day!

Palermo cutlets (baked)

Palermo cutlets (baked)

Cotolette alla palermitana (al forno)


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 3.4/5
( 8 voted )


8 slices beef, calf or chicken about an inch thick (about 800 grams)

150 grams of grated bread

70 grams of grated pecorino cheese

Salt, to taste

dried oregano, to taste

fresh parsley, to taste

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

the juice of a lemon


As you can see in the VIDEO RECIPE baked palermo cutlets are simple and quick to prepare, and they have a really inviting color. I assure you that they will not make you regret the traditional fried cutlets in the clarified oil or butter.

Put lemon juice in a dish, extra virgin olive oil, a little oregano, salt and chopped parsley. Turn the slices of meat you have chosen into the marinade, so that they are evenly impregnated on both sides. Cover with food film and let stand for at least 30 minutes.

Palermo cutlets (baked)

Meanwhile, prepare the breadcrumbs by stirring the grated bread, pecorino, a little salt and oregano. Often I also add sesame seeds, but it's my personal variant. Coat a baking tray with baking paper and grease it with extra virgin olive oil.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees ventilated. Wrap each slice in the seasoned grated bread mixture, pressing well and making sure that the pan is compact and even. Lay the slices in a baking tray and spray again with a few drips of extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the baked palermitana cutlets are golden and crispy, turning the slices in the middle of cooking. Serve immediately with a sumptuous and fresh FENNEL SALAD AND ORANGES. Bon appétit!



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Carmel February 9th, 2021 - 08:55

Ada Bonjour, for health reasons I eat little meat, if you know some vegetarian recipes, are the welcome, Thanks

Ada Parisi February 9th, 2021 - 21:05

Good morning Carmelo, you've already taken a look at the vegetarian recipes section? You can find them here https://www.sicilianicreativiincucina.it/ricette/piatti-vegetariani-uova-e-contorni/
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