All They Want is "Schnitzel"

by Kirsten on January 28, 2011 · 28 comments

in German Dishes, Main Dishes, Pork & Lamb, Savory Dishes

Here is an example of a conversation at our house before I try to decide on what to cook for dinner.

Me: Kids, any ideas what I should cook for dinner tonight?
Kids: Schnitzel!
Me: Oh, not again. You always give me the same answer.
Kids: But Mom, you haven’t made it in soooo long.
Me: We just had Schnitzel two weeks ago.
Kids: But Mom, it’s our favorite, please, please, please.
Me: O.K.. Would anybody like to help and peel some potatoes?
Kids:…………………………………(pretend they haven’t heard me)

On our most recent visit to Germany they lived off Schnitzel. My daughter already told me that this is her intention again on our upcoming summer vacation. She is looking forward to eating Schnitzel every day. Oh, well, what can I say.

Schnitzel are hard not to like. I prepare mine with  pork tenderloin instead of veal. They are breaded and pan fried in butter and oil. We love to eat them accompanied by homemade mashed potatoes and sweet red cabbage.


*  1 pork tenderloin, trimmed and sliced in about 1/2 inch thick slices
*  salt and pepper
*  2 eggs, beaten
*  2 cups unseasoned bread crumbs

*  oil and butter for the pan


Place pork tenderloin slices on a big cutting board next to each other (leave enough room in between) cover with some plastic rap and flatten the slices with a heavy pan very thinly. Season with pepper and salt. Toss first in eggs and than in the breadcrumbs. Set aside.

Heat some butter and olive oil in a bigger frying. Fry Schnitzel until golden browned colored on each side. Serve with homemade mashed potatoes and German style red cabbage.

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Heidi P. October 21, 2013 at 12:08 am

Hallo Kirsten! I was so hoping to find a Rotkraut rezept here! Do you have one you’d be willing to share with us? In my cookbooks, I can only find one for Blaukraut, which is not sweet like Rotkraut. Thanks in advance! And thank you for sharing some wonderful German recipes with us!

Ralf August 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wir nehmen Butterschmalz anstatt Olivenöl und Butter. Kann man stärker erhitzen und wir finden Butterschmalz gibt nen besseren Geschmack als Olivenöl.
Man kann auch Schweineschmalz nehmen, das gibt ne andere Note die nicht jeder (meine Freundin gar nicht) mag.

Linda Norton September 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

This made me laugh Kirsten. My Italian mother-in-law lived with us the last eight years of her life. She was the same way about Schnitzel. We could have it on Tuesday and when I’d ask her on Thursday what she wanted for dinner she’d always say, “You know what we haven’t had in a long time . . .” Thanks for the memory.

Neo-Homesteading February 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

lol, all too familiar. Last time I made it I cooked up a bunch and stashed some in the freezer. Its our "chicken nuggets", only porkier. :p

Nuts about food February 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Your kids' German gene shines through!

The Food Hound January 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Schnitzel is awesome- reminds me of skiing in Switzerland, where I ate it every day!!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch January 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

All kids must love it because its one of the things I KNOW I can get my 4 yr old to eat! She loves it with a squeeze of lemon. Delicious!

kitchen flavours January 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

This looks really good! I don't blame your kids for wanting to eat this again and again. I would too by the looks of it! Got to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

Kirsten January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Okay, jetzt weiß ich, was ich gerade ganz dringend essen möchte ;o)

lamiacucina January 29, 2011 at 5:40 am

da möchte man wieder zum Kind werden.

scrambledhenfruit January 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

I can understand why they love it so much- it looks delicious!

My Kitchen in the Rockies January 29, 2011 at 3:28 am

@Susan: What else could I have expected from you? You are the Schnitzel.

Susan January 29, 2011 at 3:18 am

To me, it is a perfect meal!!!

Elisabeth January 29, 2011 at 2:48 am

Kirsten-I have to agree with your kids. Schnitzel is always the most popular choice in our family as well…and with pork cutlet, is the tastiest.
Sweet red cabbage, home made mashed potatoes, Yumm!
Beautiful presentation, as well!

Carlos January 29, 2011 at 1:05 am

Do we share kids? My kids say the same things…

Dad, you have not cook chinese food in forever! Well, we had sweet & sour chicken Monday and today, (two days later) hardly qualify as "forever" 🙂

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) January 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Ah!! How I love schnitzel!! I can have it everyday.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) January 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Haha, I can understand why they love schniztel. I used to love it when I was younger too. Veal schnitzel is probably my favourite. This recipe looks great 🙂 I love your presentation.

EliFla January 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Wiener Schnitzel..are the best!!! I'm agree with your kids!!!! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Flavia

virginia April 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

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Kirsten April 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

It is custom made. You can contact me directly with any questions. Thanks

Karen Harris January 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm

When I was a girl growing up in Houston my father's best friend's wife was from Germany. We would frequently meet them for dinner at her favorite restaurant, The Old Munich Inn. I have great memories of dancing with her to the polka band that played there on the weekends. Schnitzel with lots of lemon was my favorite. Your children have great taste.

Lea Ann January 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

There used to be a German Restaurant on South University that we used to go for Schnitzel. Haven't had it in years, I'm with your kids…I want schnitzel for dinner. And along side that red cabbage…yum

Cathy January 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

We are thinking the same thing. I took pork cutlets out of the freezer this morning for schnitzel. It's one of our favorite meals too. Along with potatoes and red cabbage of course. January 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Huhu, vielen Dank fürs mitmachen. Leider hat es noch nicht geklappt. Waren noch andere nofollow im Skript? Liebe Grüße Jabelchen

JelliDonut January 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I don't blame your kids–I would eat schnitzel every day too. My mom also makes it with pork and serves it with sweet red cabbage and fried potatoes. Heaven on a plate!

My Kitchen in the Rockies January 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

@uebernteich: Thank you. You are to sweet.

uebernteich January 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I just love your blog and now I'm hungry!

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