Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is almost identical to what I had at an authentic German restaraunt. The recipe comes from "The German Cookbook" by Mimi Sheraton, which I altered slightly. I like to serve it with fried German potatoes and a melody of peas, carrots and corn.
- 4 veal cutlets
- 1 lemon
- salt, to taste
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb
- 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening (more might be needed depending on the size of your pan)
- Place veal cutlets, one piece at a time, between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound until thin, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Slice lemon in half and squeeze lemon juice over all four pieces of veal.
- Allow the veal to sit in lemon juice for 30 minutes.
- Allow excess lemon juice to drip off before breading the cutlets.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt over each cutlet.
- Place flour in a large shallow plate.
- Beat eggs, water, and vegetable oil in a large shallow bowl. ~NOTE~ The vegetable oil helps to hold the breading on securely and to make the breading crisp.
- Place breadcrumbs in a large shallow plate.
- one at a time, dip salted cutlet into the flour and lightly cover each side with flour.
- Then dip the cutlet into the egg mixture, allowing the excess egg to drip off.
- Then dredge into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.
- Place breaded cutlets on a baking sheet and low to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Heat shortening in a large heavy skillet.
- There should be enough oil in the pan for the cutlets to "swim".
- When the oil is hot, place one or two cutlets in the skillet at a time, being careful not to crowd the cutlets.
- Fry first side slowly until golden brown, about 4-6 minutes.
- Turn cutlets over with a spatula, being careful not to splatter hot oil.
- Fry on second side for about 4-6 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels.
- If you have more cutlets to fry, then place finished cutlets in a piece of foil and keep warm in the oven at 250°F while you continue to fry up the rest of the cutlets.
This was really good. I will definitely make it again. My husband had two helpings. I felt 1/2 a lemon flavored this perfectly. I used the second 1/2 the lemon to flavor a pitcher of iced tea:))
Great recipe, simple and delicious. I used fresh ground black pepper in addition to the salt and a little extra lemon juice.
I am German and have had lots of Wiener Schnitzel in Europe. This is an excellent recipe and very authentic. I tried it with turkey cutlets because veal wasn't available. The Schnitzel turned out perfectly! Thanks for the detailed, step-by-step instructions. Frying the meat in shortening makes all the difference, I think.