Antonia Landi

Superfast schnitzel with homemade chips – Better than Toast

In Food, Student life on May 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Traditional Schnitzel mit Pommes Frites. Picture: Useful Times

This week at Better than Toast I will teach you how to cook a good, hearty meal, just like mum used to make. That’s if your mum happens to be Austrian.

‘Wiener Schnitzel’ is traditionally made with veal, although the pork variation is the most popular one nowadays. Lovingly called ‘Schnipo’ by German speakers – an abbreviation of Schnitzel mit Pommes Frites – this dish is extremely popular especially with children, as hardly anybody would turn down a plate of schnitzel with chips, especially if you smother it in ketchup. Schnipo is incredibly easy to prepare and can be whipped up in 10 minutes, especially if you opt for pre-cut oven chips.

A small note on frying: Don’t be upset by the amount of oil you will need to fry the schnitzel. The volume is merely required to ensure a nice and crispy batter, and most of it will never see your plate. Be very aware that you are dealing with very hot oil that might splatter and burn you if you’re not careful. Leave the pan to cool down properly after frying the schnitzel; this will take a good bit of time. Do not get tempted to put your hands anywhere near it. Believe me – you do not want to get burned by hot oil.

If you normally cook with olive oil, please buy vegetable or sunflower oil for this recipe. Olive oil is not suitable for frying, as it burns at high temperatures.

Feeds 4

For this recipe you will need:

4 pork steaks, boneless (I use pork leg escalopes, as they tend to have the least amount of fat on them)

50g flour

2 large eggs

50g breadcrumbs

Vegetable or sunflower oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the homemade oven chips:

Peel and cut 700g potatoes, put them on a tray and lightly coat them in olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper (alternatively you can use a bit of chilli powder or flavoured salt if you’re feeling adventurous) and pop them in the oven for about 40-50 minutes on 200 degrees (that’s gas mark 6, or 180 degrees if you’re using a fan oven).

Watch the video for instructions, and do get in touch if you have any questions, as silly as you think they might be!

Antonia Landi for the Useful Times.

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