Traditional Milanese dishes

7 Traditional Milanese Dishes You Have to Try

What tasty things are there to eat in MilanSo many. The cuisine in the Lombardy region is some of the richest and most decadent in all of Italy. Taking influence from northern neighbours Germany and Switzerland, the food here – which includes traditional Milanese dishes – is deliciously calorific, with aged cheeses, butter, expensive spices and prime cuts of meat.

You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best recipes from the region. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.

Grab yourself some good fresh produce and invite some friends or family over. Time to get into the kitchen and to start cooking up some of these classics. The perfect way to test yourself if you are an aspiring home cook!

Traditional Milanese Dishes

1. Risotto alla Milanese

Milanese risotto prepared with the original recipe is a very creamy, traditional first course of Lombard cuisine: the famous yellow saffron risotto. Ox marrow and lots of butter add extra flavour!

Recipe is by Buttalpasta

2. Milanese cotoletta

This crispy breaded cutlet is a must-eat. Veal Milanese very closely resembles Weiner Schnitzel, its Austrian counterpart. The main difference is that Veal Milanese is made using a bone-in cutlet while Weiner Schnitzel is made from a boneless cutlet that has been pounded flat.

Recipe is by Nonna Box

Authentic Veal milanese (cotoletta alla milanese)

3. Ossobucco

Traditionally, ossobucco is with veal shanks, but this recipe uses beef shanks for a budget-friendly version. One of the ways to serve Osso Bucco (Braised Beef Shanks) is over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes with some pan-roasted vegetables on the side and nice red wine.

Recipe is by The Kitchen Magpie

4. Cassoeula

Cassoeula is a stew of pork meat and cabbage. This is a deliciously hearty stew that is usually served on soft and creamy polenta.

Recipe is by Manu’s Menu

5. Piadina

Piadina is a type of Italian flatbread popular in north of the country.  You then fill the flatbread with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts and/or vegetables.

Recipe is by The Candid Appetite.

6. Polenta

A north Italian ‘porridge’ made of coarsely ground cornmeal, polenta is wonderfully creamy, with a lightly sweet, buttery corn flavour. Topped with cheese, herbs, cooked vegetables, or a sauce, it transforms into a mouthwatering comfort food.

Recipe is by Love and Lemons

Traditional Milanese dishes

7. Panettone

This is a classic Italian Christmas treat! If you’ve never heard of it before, panettone is a sweet bread loaded with candied citron, lemon zest and raisins. It has a cylinder shape from that mould that you bake it in. Yum!

Recipe is by Brown Eyed Baker

Traditional Milanese dishes

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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