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Wiener Schnitzel is probably the most popular dish in Austria, that is dated late 19th century and very appreciated worldwide. It is traditionally prepared with veal cutlets that are pounded really thin, breaded and fried until tender and crispy. Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally served with lemon and potato salad and is best served right away.
The Viennese potato salad is made with no mayonnaise and is flavored using a vinaigrette made with oil, white wine vinegar, red onion, mustard and sugar. Also chives or parsley are also used to bring extra color and flavor. It is best to prepare the potato salad in advance as it needs time to absorb all the liquid and develop flavor.
In case veal is hard to find, schnitzel can be also prepared using pork or chicken cutlet though in this case can no longer be called Wiener Schnitzel but Schnitzel Wiener Art, meaning a Viennese style schnitzel.
- Makes 4 servings
- 4 veal cutlets, about 5oz (150g) each
- White pepper, grounded
- For coating
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup (125g) flour
- 1 cup (120g) breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying, about 1 cup, 220g (in batches)
- Butter, about 4 tbsp, 56g in batches
- Lemon, for garnish
- Potato Salad (serves 4)
- 2 pounds (900g) waxy potatoes
- 2 tbsp (28ml) vegetable oil
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup (120ml) beef/chicken stock
- 3 tbsp (40ml) white wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp (40ml) vegetable oil
- 2 tsp (10g) sugar
- 1 tsp (5g) mustard
- salt and ground white pepper
- Prepare the potato salad. Boil potatoes with their skin on until tender. When they’re cool enough to handle peel the potatoes and slice into ¼ inch (6mm) slices.
- Put the potato slices into a large bowl and add chives.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil into a frying pan add onion and cook for about 30 seconds. Add stock and bring to boil. Stir in the vinegar and the 3 tbsp of remaining oil and remove from heat.
- Add mustard, sugar salt and white pepper and stir to combine. While still hot pour the vinaigrette over the sliced potatoes and chives and gently toss to coat. Adjust seasoning to taste and let to rest for at least 30 minutes to let the potatoes absorb the vinaigrette.
- Meanwhile prepare the wiener schnitzel. Using a flat head mallet, pound the veal cutlets between sheets of plastic wrap until thin, working from the center to the edges. Season both sides with salt and white ground pepper.
- Prepare three large plates, one with flour, one with breadcrumbs and one with beaten eggs.
- Heat about ¼ cup (56g) oil into a frying pan.
- Working one at a time, dredge cutlets in flour, then dip in egg and coat with breadcrumbs.
- Immediately place the breaded cutlet into the pan and fry the schnitzel for about 2-4 minutes, until golden brown.
- Flip, add 1 tbsp (14g) butter and continue cooking on the other side for 2-4 minutes.
- Cook schnitzels in batches.
- Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Serve the wiener schnitzel with potato salad and garnished with lemon wedges. Enjoy!