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Though there are many individual regional cuisines in Italy, northern and southern Italian cuisines are primarily differentiated by the cooking fat and style of pasta commonly used. Northern Italian cuisine (other than on the coast) favors butter, cream, polenta, Mascarpone, Grana Padano, and Parmigiano cheeses, risotto and fresh egg pasta. Southern Italian cuisine tends toward Mozzarella, Caciocavallo and Pecorino cheeses, olive oil and dried pasta. Southern Italian cuisine also makes greater use of the ubiquitous tomato.

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Veal Scallops with Tomatoes and Basil
(Veal Scaloppine)

6 veal scallops, about 5 ounces each
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups dry breadcrumbs
4 ounces butter
oil 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil

Dip each scallop into the beaten eggs, followed by the breadcrumbs to coat. Heat butter in a skillet. Fry each scallop until golden, then repeat on other side; this should take about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes with the basil and olive oil. To serve, place tomatoes on warm or room temperature breaded scallops.


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