Wiener Schnitzel with Austrian Potato SaladCourse: Main CourseCuisine: AustrianDifficulty: Moderate
Probably one of my all-time favourite meat dishes. A Wiener Schnitzel served plain with a wedge of lemon, is delightful, but I love to add some anchovies and a fried egg, this turns a plain schnitzel into “a la Holstein” superb served with a nice Austrian potato salad or plain green salad.
- For the Potato Salad
2 lbs Charlotte Potatoes
1 small bunch of Chives chopped
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 Red Onion finely diced
120 ml Chicken stock
40 ml white wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp mustard
salt and pepper to taste
- For the Schnitzel
2 escalopes of Veal or pork
Salt to season
Pepper to season
2 tbsp single cream or milk
Flour to coat
50 g dried white breadcrumbs * see how to make in the notes below
Vegetable oil to fry
- 25 g clarified butter or ghee **see notes
1 lemon cut into wedges, to serve
- For the Potato Salad
- Place the potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cookout for 15/20 minutes until cooked but still firm
- Let the potatoes cool off and then remove the skins
- Slice the potatoes into ¼” thick slices and place in a bowl
- Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a fairly large frying pan and add the finely diced onion
- Let them sweat off for about 30 seconds
- Add the stock and bring to the boil
- Add the white wine vinegar and the remainder of the oil and mix well
- Remove from the heat and add sugar, mustard and salt and pepper and thoroughly mix
- while the mixture is still hot add it to the potatoes in the bowl and gently turn it all over so as to thoroughly coat the potatoes
- Leave the potatoes to rest and absorb the liquid for about 20/30 minutes while you prepare and cook the Schnitzels
- For the Schnitzels
- Each escalope should be flattened as thin as possible, but not so thin that you split the meat.
- Take each piece of meat individually and place between a sheet of clingfilm (or greaseproof paper) and beat out with a rolling pin.
- Season on both sides and set aside to rest.
- Here you will need 3 receptacles, a bowl to mix the egg wash, a large plate for the flour and another large plate for the breadcrumbs
- Beat the eggs lightly with the cream in the bowl.
- Place enough oil to cover the bottom of a fairly large frying pan (You want to be able to move the pan in circular movements to swirl the butter over the meat) and heat, you can test the heat of the oil by dropping a few breadcrumbs in and if they turn brown fairly quickly the oil is hot enough.
- While the oil is heating start to coat the meat, press 1 escalope into the flour making sure it is well-covered turn and flour the other side.
- Then dip it into the egg wash again making sure it is well covered and lastly into the breadcrumbs.
- Just make sure the meat is well coated with the breadcrumbs, there’s no need to press down too hard here as you really want some air to get trapped between the meat and the coating when they cook.
- Now the oil should be at the optimum temperature add the clarified butter and let it completely melt.
- Place in 1 escalope and let it cook until it is golden brown. While it is cooking either swirl the pan so that the butter/oil splashes over the top of the meat or baste the meat with a spoon with the oil/butter.
- Turn the escalope over and repeat the process. This should only take a few minutes.
- Remove the meat from the pan and place on a kitchen roll and pat the tops with another piece of kitchen roll.
- Serve with a wedge of lemon.
- * Breadcrumbs are quite easy to make. Take 50g of plain white bread, and place them in the oven at about 300° for about 15 minutes to dry out. Then once they are cool, place into a food blender and pulse down until you have the required crumb.
- ** Using Clarified butter allows you to heat up the butter without burning it or the butter turning a nutty brown colour.
Watch the video on how to make Clarified Butter
- Recipe Video taken in part from Home Cooking Adventure https://youtu.be/_FVmoeb3KvA
- Watch Video on Making Austrian Potato Salad https://youtu.be/SrV_edmUN1U
- Austrian Potato Salad Video was taken in part from Home Cooking Adventure https://youtu.be/_FVmoeb3KvA