Wiener Schnitzel

Tonights meal was inspired by watching food shows. On one of them, the host was served a tasty Schnitzel and not having had one for a long time, I immediately told the Mrs. "let’s go get schnitzel!" Unfortunately, the closest place that serves it is about a 40 minute drive away (and yes, in Atlanta, that’s considered in town).

So, naturally, we made it. We found a great recipe from the good folks at the America’s Test Kitchen. In case you don’t have a subscription or a copy of the January/February 2009 magazine, I’ll give you my interpretation of it:

  1. 1 Pork Loin (divided into 4 equal weight parts)
  2. 7 large slices of high quality white bread with the crust removed (diced into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes).
  3. 1/2 cup AP flour
  4. 2 Large Eggs
  5. 2+ cups of oil and 1 tablespoon extra

The first part is to make the bread crumbs. I feel that this might be optional, but haven’t tested it. This was also kinda weird for me since I’ve never used a microwave this way. Put the diced bread on a plate and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take them out and mix thoroughly. Do another 2 minutes on high. Take them out and mix thoroughly again. Then 5 more minutes at medium with a round of mixing each minute. By the end you have very hard crusty bread that hasn’t been toasted. Put this bread in a food processor and process until you have extremely fine bread crumbs.

Next take the cutlets of pork and put them, one at a time, in a gallon ziplock back. Pound each one till they are roughly 1/8 to 1/4" thick. Salt and pepper each after pounding flat.

Then, whisk the 2 eggs and 1 tbsp of oil in a shallow plate (I used a pyrex pie plate). Spread the flower on another plate, and the crumbs on a third. Working one at a time, take each cutlet and dredge in the flour. Shake off the excess. Then put into the egg mixture and also allow extra to drip off. Finally, put into the break crumbs and get a nice even cover. Shake off the excess there again. Put on a cookie sheet and let rest for 5 minutes so that it dries out.

In a large(ish) dutch oven, put the 2 cups of veggie oil and bring to 375f. Working one at a time, fry the cutlets until golden brown. While the cutlet is frying, gently shake the Dutch oven (it makes sure the oil and moisture work well with each other). Put on a plate lined with paper towel and let oil drip off. You’ll want to flip them over a couple of times. While you are doing that, fry another cutlet. Repeat until done.

I served mine with some roasted potatoes and a nice salad. You could also create a garnish with capers and parsley – but I didn’t. However, you do want to cut up some lemons and have them available to squeeze onto the cutlets when you are ready to eat.

Note that in my gallery, I ended up with lots of small pieces. That’s because I tried following their method of slicing the pork and I completely butchered it. Their recipe called for some biased slicing, and what I found is that it’s hard to get four even slices. I also found that the slicing didn’t deal with the fact that the loin is not butchered evenly. Next time, I’m just doing four even weight slices and moving on. It’ll be a bit harder to pound out, but I’ll get much more even slices.


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