Pork Schnitzel

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The first time I traveled to the land of my Austrian ancestors I was taken to a restaurant where I saw “schnitzel” on the menu. Of course I ordered it, thinking I could use a good German sausage in a bun. (You have my permission to pound your head on the wall now.) I mean, who didn’t grow up with those fast food joints with the giant hot dogs on the top of them? When the order came I was stunned by how far off it was from what I was expecting; even my gracious hosts had a hard time believing me when I told them that in America a wiener schnitzel was a hot dog (at least where I was from in suburban California). Curses! Yes we tend to distort some traditional dishes here in America, but this one? We weren’t even close. “Schnitzel”, for the uninitiated, is German for “cutlet” which is usually made with veal and is thinly pounded, breaded and fried.

As for this recipe, it is made with thinly pounded pork cutlets. My father adapted this recipe from a version of it off the Internet where there are several incarnations floating around. Those of you looking for a quick, mid-week dinner may be happy with this one. I love it. The sauce alone is worth making the recipe for, and could easily be used on chicken, for turkey meatballs, or over fish.

Pork Schnitzel Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops (1 pound total), 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (Spike or Lawrey's, or just substitute plain salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs or panko
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)

Method

1 Use a meat hammer to pound the pork cutlets to 1/4-1/8 inch thickness. Cut small slits around the edges of the cutlets to prevent curling.

2 Set out 3 shallow bowls. One with a mixture of the flour, seasoned salt, and pepper. The second with the egg and milk whisked together. The third with a mixture of the bread crumbs (or panko) and paprika.

3 Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Dredge the cutlets first in the seasoned flour, then dip the cutlets in the egg mixture, and then into the mixture of bread crumbs and paprika.

4 Working in batches, sauté the cutlets for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove the cutlets from the skillet and cover with foil or place in a warm oven to keep warm.

5 Add the chicken stock into the skillet to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the brown bits. In a small bowl mix the dill and salt into the sour cream. Stir the sour cream mixture into the chicken stock. Heat and stir until mixture thickens (do not let boil).

Serve the cutlets with the sauce, and lemon slices if you like.

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  • Ian Lawrance

    As an expat in China, I’ve found this recipe a gem. Some of the worlds best pork comes from China, where they’re pretty fanatic about consuming it too, and most of the other ingredients are readily available. All the girls in my house loved it. I’m back in credit – Thanks!

  • Amy

    (Continued) so I used dried basil in place of the dill, n did everything else as directed n served with homemade mashed potatoes n a side salad. It was incredible, even my picky 2 yr old is devouring it! Thanks so much! ;)

  • Amy

    Enjoying this awesome recipe with homemade mashed potatoes and a side salad as we speak, n lemme tell u, for one I didn’t have dill

  • JB

    Excellent recipe… we substituted turkey breast cutlets, and it was great! The dill/sour cream sauce was a tasty addition. Thanks for a great, quick dinner idea.

  • Julie

    Tried this tonight and it was GREAT! Used lite sour cream, “smoked” paprika (didn’t have regular) and added a little extra …used some of the left over flour in the sauce to thicken(since I used lite sour cream). Easy and really tasty! Will be making this again! Had “thick” pork chops, so I filleted them in half, but still pounded them. I’m thrilled this dish came out so good!

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