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If you’re like most people, you’re probably not exactly clear on what a Wiener schnitzel is. Maybe the name calls up images of bratwurst or hot dogs, because of the word “Wiener,” and some say it is a version of the Italian cotoletta alla Milanese dish imported during the nineteenth century, but that is also incorrect. According to germanfoodguide.com, “A Wiener schnitzel is a breaded veal cutlet. It is dipped in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, then fried in butter or oil to a golden brown. It is traditionally served with a lemon wedge, which you can use to drizzle fresh lemon juice over the schnitzel.”
Monte Andrews reported on this classic German dish in an earlier article, writing: “In 1972, a food historian named Heinz-Dieter Pohl debunked the entire written history of the dish. Apparently, associating the national dish of Austria with anywhere but Austria is verboten, and Pohl went after it with a vengeance. He suggested that there were other dishes in Austrian cuisine that were similarly breaded and deep-fried, including the popular, if unfortunately named, backhendl (fried chicken), which was first mentioned in a 1719 cookbook — long before Redetsky’s foray into Lombardy.”
This dish originated in Austria and was originally made with veal, but veal is very expensive in many countries. Today, it uses other boneless meats, such as turkey, chicken, pork, and even vegetables. You don’t have to go to Vienna to get your fix — we’re sharing a few recipes that will give you the taste of Austria in the comfort of your home. Now that Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and you may be hosting an autumnal backyard bash to celebrate, we’re sharing a few ways to make this iconic dish.
You can’t forget about the traditional sides that complement this amazing fried piece of goodness, such as creamy mashed potatoes, warm potato salad, and fresh green beans. We have a few recipes for sides as well. See them below, and be Oktoberfest ready.
Chicken Wiener Schnitzel
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This chicken wiener schnitzel recipe is above and beyond — we added a little cayenne pepper to the panko mix for a spicy kick.
Pork Loin Wiener Schnitzel
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