Sunday, 19 December 2010

Pork Schnitzel

I am a fan of schnitzel, be it chicken, pork or veal. In Germany, you can get schnitzel in almost any restaurant you go to. The most popular ones here are Wiener Schnitzel (the good ol' Viennese Schnitzel traditionally made from veal and served with lemon slice), Zigeuner Schnitzel (which means gypsy-stlye schnitzel, usually served with slightly spicy sauce with paprika and onions) and Jäger Schnitzel (or 'Hunter schnitzel' dished up with creamy mushroom sauce).



Last week I made pork schnitzel with salad. Making schnitzel is actually quite easy, because you don't need many ingredients: just meat cutlets, eggs, flour and bread crumbs and you're ready to fry the schnitzel.

Ingredients (serves 2 - 4)
  • 4 pork cutlets, pounded to 0.5 cm thickness
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  2. Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  3. One at a time, dredge the cutlet in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  4. Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  5. Deep-fry the cutlets until golden brown.
  6. Serve with salad.


By the way, adding oyster sauce doesn't make the schnitzel taste 'asian' in any way. The sauce adds good flavour to the schnitzel which is usually rather bland. And if you want a healthier version, you can pan-fry the schnitzel instead of deep-frying it.


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16 comments:

  1. So Schnitzel is basically just like Tonkatsu, eh?

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  2. Yum! The picture looks great, you plated the food really well.

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  3. @ Pepy - Yes, it's very similar to tonkatsu, but the Japanese use panko crumbs which are coarser than normal bread crumbs I think. And I also believe that Japanese cutlets are thicker than schnitzel.

    @ Esther - Thank you :)!

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  4. Mmmm, hot Schnitzel smells good!

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  5. this is a very simple and easy recipe...gonna try it soon....nice pictures and presentation..

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  6. Realmente preciosa la presentación y el plato tiene que ser exquisito.

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  7. That's a fun tip adding oyster sauce! I must give that a go next time I make schnitzel! :D

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  8. this looks good! perfect for my dinner!

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  9. Schnitzel is a favorite of mine too - Love it!!! Thanks for stopping by to visit me and taking the time to comment. I love your blog and your styling is so artistic!! Just beautiful.

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  10. I LOVE crispy hot schnitzel with potatoes (my mouth is watering just thinking about it). I've never added oyster sauce but will give it a try next time I make it. Your photo is great and your presentation is so appetizing.

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  11. lovely. i like the bright colors you use to go with the piece of protein

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  12. Hey, you're back! Miss you posts :D. Chicken Schnitzel is good too, right? :D

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  13. Your schnitzel looks as perfect as they come. This is one of the glories of the kitchen when it is well made. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I love Schnitzel! Yous look delicious. Nice plating.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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