I have been craving Wiener Schnitzel since I saw it on my friend Ginger's blog Ginger & Bread. What stopped me from making Wiener schnitzel until now was that I never came across any veal in the British supermarkets. However, I found that you can buy them at local butchers or from an online butcher. Now is the time to get out my Wiener Schnitzel Recipe.
What is Wiener Schnitzel?
The famous Wiener Schnitzel is the flagship dish of the capital of Austria - Vienna. It is a dish consisting of tenderized veal, coated in breadcrumbs, fried, and garnished. The original schnitzel may have come from Italy. In German, the word schnitzel actually just refers to tenderized meat. However, it is important to note that the authentic Wiener schnitzel is only made with veal.
Of course, you are able to use different meat with this recipe but then you cannot call it Wiener Schnitzel. The "Wiener Schnitzel Recipe" is protected by law and specified by the German and Austrian Food Committees. If pork is used, it can only be called something like "Wiener Style Pork Schnitzel” but not Wiener Schnitzel.
Wiener Schnitzel in English is called “Viennese Schnitzel” or “Veal Escalope”. In Switzerland it is sometimes spelt: “Wienerschnitzel”
When I visit a restaurant in England I often have to choose between the burger and chips (which I know I cannot go too wrong with) and some other dish that I am not sure I will like. When I go into a restaurant in Germany I tend to be faced between the choice of Wiener Schnitzel and Pommes (Chips) or another dish. So, needless to say, that I LOOOOOVE Wiener Schnitzel.
What is traditionally served with schnitzel?
The possibilities are endless, there are so many side dishes for your Wiener Schnitzel. As you can see from the picture at the top, this time I had it with some Bratkatoffeln, which are German home fries. However, a very popular choice is to eat it with chips. Waldorf salad is also very refreshing or German Potato Salad.
In the winter it is often served with dumplings and red cabbage. In Austria, they like to serve it with redcurrant sauce. In my family, we make cold Schnitzel Sandwiches with the leftovers. Make sure that you drizzle some fresh lemon juice on top. It just tastes heavenly!
You might want to consider these Side Dishes for your Wiener Schnitzel
- Waldorf Salad (by Bible of Taste)
- Semmelknodel (German read dumplings)
- Jager Sauce (German Hunter Sauce)
- German Red Cabbage
- German Potato Salad
How to make Wiener Schnitzel?
It's super easy! All you need is some flour, eggs, a tablespoon of cream (optional), and some breadcrumbs. So if you managed to get hold of some veal, there is no reason not to try! Try the Wiener Schnitzel Recipe below.
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Wiener Schnitzel Recipe
- 4 veal escalopes about 150 g
- 2 tbsp whipped cream use double cream as an alternative
- 2 medium eggs
- 50 g plain flour
- 150 g breadcrumbs
- 200 g butter
- 1 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- If your butcher has not done it for you, place the escalopes between some cling film and tenderise them until flat. You can use a meat tenderizer, or alternatively use a rolling pin.
- Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Whisk together the egg and cream until you achieve a smooth mass. Place into a large shallow bowl.
- Place the flour and breadcrumbs each into a large shallow bowl as well.
- Now quickly turn one escalope in the egg mixture, then turn it in flour mixture.
- Shake of the surplus flour and finally turn the escalope in the breadcrumbs.
- Now heat up the butter in a large pan and fry the Schnitzel on both sides for about 4 minutes each.
- Repeat with the other escalope. Let the Schnitzel drip on a papertowel after and serve with Bratkatoffeln and lemon slices to drizzle on top.