Schnitzel – Veal, Chicken, Pork or Turkey
This is how I make the perfectly crunchy, beautifully golden brown Schnitzel. It’s an ultimate comfort food which I love to serve with a salad or a dish of mashed potatoes, peas and gravy.
Schnitzel – Comfort Food the Family Loves!
The perfect ingredient to add to a schnitzel is parmesan cheese. As a matter of fact, mixing the bread crumbs with a little parmesan cheese and chopped up Italian parsley.is what makes these schnitzel crunchy.
I don’t fry a lot of foods. There are some foods however that just cannot be comprised and schnitzel is one of them. I’ve tried oven baked schnitzel and comparatively speaking, well they just don’t compare.
My own little production line
Honestly there is nothing difficult about making this traditional Schnitzel. Firstly I like to tenderise the meat with a meat mallet. It’s worth taking this step because pounding the meat down in fact tenderise it. It breaks down any thick, tough muscle fibers and the protein that binds them. In this recipe I’ve used veal but this can easily be re-created with another meat of choice. Chicken is another favourite!
I spread out along the kitchen bench making my own little schnitzel making production line.
Beginning with the tenderising, season the fillet then pat and coat them into some plain (all purpose) flour.
I have the eggs, slightly whisk with a fork ready for dipping and then the breadcrumb mixture.
The breadcrumb is where additional flavour is added. I like to add half a cup of grated parmesan and some freshly chopped Italian parsley into for some added crispiness. And if you still want more crunch, chill the schnitzel for a least 20 minutes before cooking them. This helps to dry out the crumbs a little which in turn produces an even crispier finish to the already very tender, coating of this schnitzel.
Ready for Frying…
Shallow fry the schnitzel in a pan of frying oil such as vegetable or canola oil and enjoy!
PS Don’t forget to make extra and store it in single layers in the freezer. On the day that you intend to make it, you can easily pull out and defrost at room temperature before cooking. If you are heading out to work and plan on cooking the schnitzel that evening, allow the defrosting of the schnitzel to take place in the fridge.
You can serve this with a fresh garden salad, chips and gravy or a winter favourite, mashed potato and peas.