Pork is another great option for schnitzel
Pork is a great option for schnitzel
Schnitzels are often made with veal or chicken, but pork is a great alternative. Make it with this great recipe.
Schnitzels are often made with veal or chicken, but pork is a great alternative. Pounding out the cutlets makes them even thinner and more tender, so they cook up quickly, perfect for a weeknight meal. And there’s that irresistible crunch from the Panko bread-crumb coating. This is one of those heartening dishes that’s popular with both kids and adults.
The tangy, quickly pickled cucumbers and onions make a great counterpoint to the lightly fried pork cutlets. You could definitely use dried dill instead of fresh if it’s easier.
Also, yes, they’re called seedless cucumbers, but of course there are still a nominal amount of seeds in them. Removing the seeds gives the salad a nicer texture, without the slightly slimy consistency of the seeds, and helps reduce any wateriness in the salad.
A little tip: Double the cucumber salad next time you are serving a bagel and smoked salmon spread — it’s a great side for a brunch of any sort, especially as a foil to smoked fish. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh thyme
2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
INSTRUCTIONS Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise, use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds, and slice the cucumbers into thin halfmoons.
Place the sliced cucumber and the onion in a colander and toss with the salt. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse the cucumber and onion in very cold water and, using your hands, squeeze the vegetables to remove as much water as possible. Place the cucumber mixture in a clean dishtowel, roll up, and twist and squeeze to remove as much water as possible again.
In a serving bowl, stir together the vinegar, sugar, dill and pepper. Add the cucumber and onion and toss to combine. Hold in the fridge.
Place each pork chop between two pieces of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin (or bottle of wine) to gently pound the pork chops until they are of an even thickness between ¼- and 1⁄3inch thick.
Place the flour in a shallow bowl, the milk in another shallow bowl, and the Panko bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl. Season the flour and the milk lightly with salt and pepper. Stir the thyme into the Panko.
Season the pork lightly with salt and pepper, then dip each piece into the flour, shaking off any excess, and then into the milk, then the Panko, pressing so that the bread crumbs adhere to the pork. Place the breaded pork on a plate or wire rack.
Heat 2tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet until hot. Cook the pork for about 3minutes on each side until golden brown and just cooked through; you will prob- ably need to do this in at least two batches, adding more oil for the second batch as needed.
When the pieces of pork are cooked, place them briefly on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve the pork with the Quick Pickley Cucumber Salad.
Nutrition information per serving:
Quick Pickley Cucumber Salad: 29calories; 0calories from fat; 0g fat (0g saturated; 0g trans fats); 0mg cholesterol; 481mg sodium; 7 g carbohydrate; 2g fiber; 3g sugar; 2g protein.
Pork Schnitzel: 362calories; 197 calories from fat; 22g fat (6g saturated; 0g trans fats); 68mg cholesterol; 596mg sodium; 14g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 26 g protein.
Schnitzels are often made with veal or chicken, but pork is a great alternative. Pounding out the cutlets makes them even tenderer and thinner, so they cook up quickly, perfect for a weeknight meal.