Schnitzel comes in various forms but our favorite is paniertes schnitzel, also known as breaded schnitzel. Usually served with lemon, we also sometimes make a onion/mushroom sauce (This is then called Jägerschnitzel (hunter's schnitzel) - don't ask us why ;) - Thanks to Anonymous for suggesting it might have something to do with hunters collecting mushrooms in the forest and eating them with many meals. ) to go over it - we like that reasoning!. This time we did both.
One slice of pork per person
One egg per schnitzel, whipped
Oil (sunflower or similar) for frying
salt and pepper
Onions, sliced in rings
Cut off any unwanted fat from your meat. Lay it out under a piece of plastic wrap and use a mallet (or rolling pin if you do not have one) to flatten/tenderize the meat. Then set up an assembly line with three shallow bowls. In one pour out flour sprinkled with salt and pepper, in the second beat the eggs. Breadcrumbs go in the third bowl. Dip the meat, one at a time in the flour, in the egg, then breadcrumbs and repeat. Both sides should be completely covered with all three toppings. We suggest you use one hand for the egg bowl and the other hand for the dry ingredients so you do not end up with a sticky, flour covered mess on your hands.
Heat a pan with a solid layer of oil. Make sure the pan is very hot before putting the meat in. Cook on each side until it is nice and brown. Give the meat a good few minutes before checking on it so that a nice crust forms. Sometimes, if you try to flip it over too early the outside layer begins to fall off.(Don't worry... these chunks are very tasty, crunchy and fatty nooom!)
Cook thoroughly and serve with a lemon slice or...
If you would like to try the mushroom/onion gravy start a pan with a small amount of oil at the same time you heat up your schnitzel pan. Slice mushrooms thinly and onions into rings. Cook until nicely brown. Make a brown gravy and pour it over the onion/mushroom mix (or if you are like us just heat up store bought gravy).
Serve over the schnitzel instead of lemon.