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Milanesas a Caballo estilo David

Saddled Breaded Cutlets


Milanesas, thin, fried breaded cutlets, are a very common everyday dish in Argentina. They are simple to make, delicious and they can be a break from plain steak. I prepare them often, as my husband loves them. I usually make milanesa sandwiches (basically a milanesa between two pieces of bread), but this time I wanted to make something different so I prepared this fancier version of the dish.

In Argentina, a milanesa a caballo is basically a milanesa with two fried eggs on top. The addition of ham and cheese is my father's improvement on the concept and thus I have named this dish for him. When I made them, I only used one fried egg as the milanesas were fairly small.

The traditional accompaniment for milanesas are french fries. I had plan to make these, but then I thought that frying potatoes is a lot of trouble and we all know how they taste anyway. So instead I served them with a salad. Nobody ate the salad but a couple of people asked for seconds in the milanesas.

In Argentina, milanesas are usually made from veal - however, given how calves are treated in the US, I believe eating veal is immoral and therefore when making them here I use beef. Milanesas must be very thin, if you buy the meat at a Mexican or Latino butcher shop ask for a "milanesa" cut, otherwise use sandwich steak or other thin cuts.

Milanesas a Caballo estilo David


  • 2 lbs. think steaks
  • 3 eggs
  • bread crumbs
  • salt, garlic powder, parsley, lemon juice
  • cooked ham, sliced
  • provolone cheese, sliced
  • eggs
  • 1 lemon
  • oil for frying


    Tenderize the steaks by pounding on them with a meat tenderizer. Lightly beat the egg(s) with a fork and add salt, garlic powder and chopped parsley. Mix. Pass the meat through the egg mixture, and then through the bread crumbs. You can use either plain bread crumbs, or "Italian" style. Coat well.

    Fry in olive oil until done, usually a couple of minutes on each side. You can also bake the milanesas on the oven - for a less fatty alternative. If you fry them, make sure to use a few paper towels to drain the oil.

    Fry the eggs.

    Put a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on the milanesa. Put them in the microwave or the oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Place a fried egg on top and serve.

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