Foodie Vocab Monday: Piccata

Good morning, foodies! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.

Welcome back to another installment of Foodie Vocab Monday and the latest word challenge. What do you know about piccata? Recipes and clues coming right after the jump…

What do you think the word means? This week’s word is: Piccata.

A)  A stewed chicken dish.
B)  To slice a chicken and cook in a broth.
C)  A chicken entree broiled with whole lemons and zest.
D)  Sliced, sauteed and served in a sauce containing butter and lemon.

So what do you think? Have you tried a piccata dish before? I bet the word is a little familiar, but do you know what it means?

Are you a true foodie? Still trying to guess this word’s meaning?

And “Piccata” means…

D)  Sliced, sauteed and served in a sauce containing butter and lemon.

“Piccata” is an Italian word that translates into the phrase “to be pounded flat”. The term refers to a way of preparing meat or fish. The most popular way of preparing a piccata dish in America is the standard chicken piccata; in Italy, the most traditional preparation is with veal.

When preparing chicken piccata, you would first butterfly the chicken and then flatten it. After the proper seasoning, the chicken is then dredged in flour and then browned in butter. The piccata sauce is made using the drippings from the pan. Lemon juice gives the chicken some acid and a fresh bite; you can also add capers or crushed garlic. When reduced, butter is stirred in slowly to complete the sauce. Serve with a a starchy side such as potatoes or rice.

Looking to make your own piccata dish?

Chicken piccata is a popular Italian restaurant dish, but there is no reason you can’t create this tasty entree at home, whether it’s with chicken or another meat or fish as its main component:

Chicken Piccata

Pork Piccata

Lemon Veal with Mushrooms and Capers

Salmon Piccata

Classic Chicken Piccata

Turkey Piccata with Pumpkin Puree

Chicken Breasts Piccata

Will you make this dish at home? Are you up to that challenge? What’s your favorite protein to serve? Let me know in the COMMENTS!

Until next week with another word (this one will really stump you!),


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  • Megan

    CP is my fave!

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