Wednesday, February 16, 2011

When You're Out of Schnitz, You're Out of Dinner

10 points for anybody who know where this title came from.

Last weekend I accepted a mallenge ("man challenge") to make Schnitzel so that a close friend of mine and his wife would know how to make it. I accepted without delay and then immediately went to Wikipedia to find out what schnitzel is. Here is an excerpt of that entry:

"Schnitzel is a traditional Austrian dish consisting of an escalope ["pieces of boneless meat which have been thinned out"- found in the Wikipedia entry for escalope] coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It is a popular part of Viennese and Austrian cuisine. In Austria the dish, called Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Schnitzel), is traditionally garnished with a lemon slice, Sardine filet, capers and either potato salad or potatoes with parsley and butter... In Austria and Germany, the term Wiener Schnitzel is protected by law, and any schnitzel called by that name has to be made from veal."

So... I bought a piece of veal at the Whole Foods a couple days ago and set it in some home brewed rye ale to marinate today while I was at work. I then battered it as seen in the photo... and then battered it again... and again. Like I said the other day, I've never had much luck battering food to be fried so I tried to overdo it, and overdo it I did. There was at least twice as much batter as I needed and I overcooked it since I'm relatively inexperienced when it comes to pan frying anything. I decided to go with a variation of the potato salad, but, like a fool, boiled my potato instead of roasting it in the oven. My thought process was as follows: gee, I don't have a grill, so I guess the only way I can cook a potato is in boiling water. Please don't make the same mistakes I do. Either way, all things considered I'd say it was a noble first attempt and I'm willing to give it a second shot... although I've got to say, it's pretty similar to chicken friend chicken, but without the delicious gravy. Before I forget, don't forget to serve with a nice German brew. I think a hefeweizen would've been tasty, but my only German beer on hand was a Spaten Dunkel, so that's what I had to do. Still good.

Wiener Schnitzel

0.24 lb. Veal flattened
Beer to marinate veal in.
Pancake batter to coat veal in (I tried this, because I got the idea online and have had bad luck with plain flour. I guess it worked, but probably a little too well.)
Breadcrumbs to also coat veal in for a little bit of added flavor and texture.
Egg beaten to wash meat in.
Oil to fry in.
Leftover lamb fat to add to oil to fry in so as not to go to waste.

This is a poorly written recipe, but it's late and grades are due tomorrow (today), so bear with me. Once meat has marinated, coat it with flour until the meat it dry. Knock any loose flour off. Then dip it in beaten egg so it's moist again and more flour will stick to it. I did this three or four times which was stupid. One egg wash and a little more flour or pancake batter will do just fine. Heat oil until it pops when mixed with water and fry. I cooked it for about 4 minutes before checking and flipping and then cooked for about 2 minutes. It probably required 2 and 1. The batter was burned, but not terrible. Squirt lemon over meat and use remainder as a garnish.

Healthy Potato Salad

1 Russet Potato chopped.
1/2 Red Bell chopped
1/2 Red Onion chopped
Some Asparagus chopped
1/8 bunch Mint Leaves chopped
~2 tbsp Olive Oil
Splash of Rosemary
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/4 Lemon squeezed

Drain potatoes and mix everything together. Again, please do yourself a favor and roast your potato. What was I thinking?


  1. Gourmet Apartment: Marry me. For all you lack in battering schnitzel, you make up for in battering women*. I'd recognize a mummified schnitzel and Chimay glass anywhere, and I've been searching so long.

    *Oh babe, I don't believe in no domestic vio-yo--I'm def. talkin' akin to the puddin' tank.

  2. I can't believe you can recognize a Chimay glass! You're either the perfect woman, or... a man?

    Either way Babycakes, call me.
    <3 The Gourmet Apartment