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23 responses to “Wiener Schnitzel”

  1. Christine

    Fantastic! I first had schnitzels in Argentina many years ago. They were called Milanesa and were served exactly as you have done here. I never would have thought to make them with a meat other than veal but, as usual, you have provided the inspiration! Thanks.

  2. Ricardo Rodríguez

    Very good recipe. It is just what we call milanesa around here in Mexico.
    Very classy if done well, but not always turns out that way whey you ask for it in a resttaurant.
    Already saw your jaeger schnitzel and milanese recipes. Just great!
    Happy holidays!

  3. Rhonda

    I recently made schnitzel out of elk heart…brilliant! I pretty much think pounding meat down thinly and breading with a quick fry is always a winner. I love it very traditional with the lemons or with the jaeger sauce.

  4. Alex Jones

    Very good description on how to make a good Wiener Schnitzel.
    Living in Germany, I have one fact to contribute (at least for German-speaking countries). In the restaurant business, a schnitzel made of any other meat than veal will always be called Schnitzel Wiener Art, meaning in the Viennese style. This is a legal issue. Most schnitzels in Germany are made with pork, a very good and less expensive cut.

  5. Tom Dickson

    This recipe looks fine. But why is it in the duck and goose section when you say that it’s not really good for dark meats such as waterfowl? Just wondering. I’m carefully reading (and using) you duck and goose recipes in anticipation of your new book. The duck sliders were awesome (used skinny Montana late-season mallards).

  6. MikeW

    One sign of properly made Schnitzel is the breading should separate from the meat. It should remain intact, but sort of puff away. To make this happen, when you flip the Schnitzel you: spoon hot fat over the top; don’t flip them a second time; don’t stack the Schnitzel when you put them in the oven; and serve them with the first side up.

    Now, if anybody can tell me why this is I’d appreciate it. My mother received vocational training to be a cook (Czechoslovakia, the part that used to be a part of Germany), and this was drilled into them when being taught the recipe for Wiener Schnitzel.

  7. Bill Sanders

    I learned to prepare this dish from a German grandmother and, in later years, a more sophisticated version in Germany from a German Chef.
    They are awesome to the taste buds and simple to prepare.
    The more sophisticated version incorporates a teaspoon of lemon juice in the butter and adds fresh flat leaf parsley (Italian) to the breadcrumbs. What really make it great is the basting with the hot oil when you’ve turned it. Only one turn, please.

  8. stephen greene

    Still not better than my oma’s wiener schnitzel. An original recipe from Germany I’d the best way to make it

  9. Roadrunner

    Just my two cents:

    It isn’t difficult to make an edible Schnitzel, it is, however, pretty difficult to get a perfect result, so don’t give up if it doesn’t turn out as nicely as in the pictures. It will still taste pretty good.

    It is absolutely crucial that you use enough fat, frying a Schnitzel is closer to deep frying (don’t use an actual deep frier, though) than to what you’d expect. While true that various kinds of fat will do the trick and there is some debate in Austria and Germany which is best, the general consensus is that some amount of butter is absolutely essential. Many people will use a mixture of lard and butter while others resort to pure clarified butter (thus avoiding burning the butter but a pretty pricy way of frying, reusing the fat is possible to some extent).

    The essential part however is the temperature. If it’s too high, you’ll burn the crust, if it’s too low, the crust will be soggy and fatty. Splashing hot fat on the top side will cut down on the cooking time and make the crust nice and puffy – actually makes a difference in taste, not just the way it looks.

    As to what to accompany the Schnitzel with: this is where you can easily get into a fight. A lemon wedge and some parsley are beyond dispute but many die hard purists will argue that anything past green salad is an abomination – although roasted potatoes or potatoe salad are pretty standard. Many Austrians will serve lingonberry (or cowberry – not to be confused with cranberries, completely different plant) jam on the side, giving the dish an interesting twist.

    Many Austrians claim that Germans will often put some kind of gravy, often mushroom, on a Schnitzel – of course this is a complete and utter lie! Only a Northern German (about as far south as Franconia) would do something that horrible and as every good Southern German and Austrian knows, those people are the root of all evil and may not be let within a 100 yard radius of a kitchen and by law must be shot on sight ;). Or said more politely: don’t do it, it would be a waste of a perfectly good Schnitzel.

    As far as the kind of meat to use: pheasant does sound interesting and you can probably use anything but I’d personally stick with veal – pork is about as far as I go and that is just a money issue.

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  11. Dianimal

    Roadrunner – just to let you know that I’ve had schnitzel (pork variety) in Central Germany as well as Southern Germany with a whole bunch of different topping options offered. These include not only the popular mushroom cream sauce, (I wouldn’t call it “gravy” though) which is very good, but variations such as cranberries and brie and others I can’t recall right now. I’m not sure why you find it such an abomination! Though it’s true that schnitzel made with veal really doesn’t need anything more than the lemon, I find that the pork version isn’t as delicious on its own and benefits from the extra flavour of sauce. Thanks for this recipe by the way. I’m not sure I totally believe you that it can’t be made with oil though! I see a lot of recipes, also claiming to be authentic, that do not have your caveat about the need for animal fat in the frying medium. However, as I am a huge butter advocate, I’m happy to make it your way!

  12. mark

    I’ve also found that fresh bread crumbs make a difference. Just blend pieces of bread in the blender. I like the texture much better than dried premade bread crumbs from the store…

  13. Rob

    Great recipe and AWESOME history and lead-in–KUDOS!!!

    One thing I noticed that is missing, and is what sets Austrian weiner schnitzel apart, and above German is cranberry sauce.
    When I lived in Europe, I noticed this difference and was “educated” by an Austrian chef concerning this delicacy.
    Austrian weiner schnitzel simply MUST be served with cranberry sauce on the side.

  14. Mr Key

    This is awesome! I lived in Austria for 2 years and can definitely say that Wienerschnitzel is one of my favorite dishes. I will try this recipe as it sounds very good. Never thought to look it up and make it myself. Nice read!

  15. Derek

    This is delicious with a milk gravy. To make this, simply drain most of the lard from the pan leaving the breadcrumb and flour drippings. Add 1/2 cup cooking oil and 1/2 cup flour. Season with salt and pepper. Add several cups of milk and reduce. Continue to add more milk and reduce until it is the perfect consistency, and salt-and-pepper content. The gravy becomes sweet as you boil away water from the milk and reduce. Use this gravy just as you would attop chicken fried steak.

  16. Tony

    the best recipe ever, eating it more than 35 years

  17. Tom

    I make venison schnitzels all the time and they are delicious! It’s a great way to prepare the backstraps from an older animal. Slice the loin 1″ thick, pound it thin and prepare. In the winter we normally make homemade spaetzle with **gasp** a hunter sauce consisting of mushrooms and capers.

    P.S.- the way our family has been taught is that the sauce normally accompanies the side served- in this case hunter gravy is a great accompaniment.

    I also happen to take it on ‘authority’ that my schnitzels are every bit as tasty as those found in Germany. My mother-in-law is here this week and she IS German- moved here in the late 60’s. Plus I’ve fixed them for my German relatives (Uncle Horscht brings the beer, BTW) and they love it too. They don’t often eat venison so it’s a real treat for them!

  18. Tom

    Ahhh- this is where the great family debate begins!

    Uncle Klause stands firm that “A jaegerschnitzel is only the meat pounded thin and run through flour seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked IN a mushroom sauce”. Uncle Horscht disagrees. He is adamant that a “Jaegerschnitzel is cooked the same as a weinerschnitzel, with the sauce served on top!”

    Since Horscht typically brings beer when he visits- I believe him.

    I have to laugh- as I type this my male German shorthaired pointer is snoring behind me. Yes- his name is….’Schnitzel’.

  19. Tom

    Anyway-that’s why my original post simply says ‘Schnitzel’, lol.

  20. Eatie Gourmet

    Enjoyed the recipe – love schnitzel from my time in Austria and Germany. (Love your site, too, btw!) But re: this: “Food arguments can get pretty heated, eh?” Try living in a family of Sicilian descent! Mamma Mia!

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