Mexican Beef Milanesa
These fried breaded thin beefsteaks are as popular in Mexico as you see ‘Chicken Fried Steak” here in the USA.
One of my favorite dishes for dinner when I was a kid and my very best favorite was to make a sandwich “Torta” the following day or just eat them cold as a snack.
1 1/2 pound of thin cut top round beef steaks (6 steaks)
2 cups of plain breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt to taste
Notes: Sirloin steaks / breakfast steaks, also work fine for milanesas, make sure to pound them very thin. You can use chicken or pork instead of beef. In Mexico, Milanesas are sold in some butcher shops or supermarkets already breaded. I usually save some already breaded in the freezer to use later on.
1. Grind the garlic clove and peppercorn in a mortar. If you do not have a Mexican mortar, finely chop the garlic and use a pepper grinder for the black peppercorns or ground pepper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the two eggs lightly and add the garlic and peppercorn mixture. I usually add a Tbsp. of water to the mortar after grinding the garlic and peppercorns, that way it’s easier to add the mix to the eggs. Whisk again.
3. In a large dish, spread the bread crumbs mixed with salt (If using regular bread crumbs) and have another dish ready to place the steaks after breading. 4. Now, to start the breading process. Dip the steaks into the egg mixture.
5. Using kitchen tongs, place one steak into the crumbs, turn to coat both sides. Patting on lightly to make sure the coating adheres to the steak. If necessary, turn steak again to have an even coating of breadcrumbs. Place the already-breaded steak aside on a plate. I use wax paper to cover the plates for an easy clean up afterward. Repeat this step with the remaining steaks.
6. Once you finish breading all the steaks you will proceed to fry them. Using a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium high heat. Make sure the oil is hot before placing the steaks. Fry about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Place the steaks on paper towels to drain any excess oil before serving.
Serve with warm fries, mashed potatoes and a salad.
If you have any leftovers make yourself a “Torta de Milanesa” with it, I know you will love it! Provecho!
Chef Martin Lopez