Authentic Wiener Schnitzel

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      Authentic Wiener Schnitzel

      4 veal cutlets or chicken or pork cutlets, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
      1/4 cup all-purpose flour or brown rice flour
      1/2 tsp salt
      2 eggs, well beaten
      1/2 cup breadcrumbs
      Oil or lard — for frying, lard is traditional
      Serving Suggestion: lemon slices
      To pound meat thinly, place the cutlet between sheets of plastic wrap for easier washing up. Use a heavy, flat-surfaced pan to pound if there’s no meat mallet.

      Pound the meat evenly to 1/4-inch thickness for best results.

      To bread the schnitzels, set up 3 shallow dishes: Place the flour and salt in one dish, the eggs in the second dish, and the breadcrumbs in the third dish.

      In a large skillet, heat at least 1/4-inch of oil to 350°. This takes about 8 min.

      Working one at a time, dredge cutlets first in flour until the surface is completely dry.

      Dip in egg to coat, allow the excess to drip off for a few seconds.

      Then roll quickly in the breadcrumbs until coated. Do not press the breadcrumbs into the meat, as this will moisten them and not make for a crispy coating. The crust should not adhere completely but form a loose shell around the schnitzel.

      Immediately place meat in the pan with the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Cook the schnitzel in batches, if necessary. Just make sure to allow enough time between batches to allow the oil to come back up to 350°.

      Fry the schnitzel for 2 to 3 min on one side, until golden brown. Make sure the breaded meat “swims” in fat. Contrary to instinct, the breading will take on less oil than if the meat is sticking to the pan. Also, the breadcrumb topping has a chance to puff up a little, and clean-up is easier. May want to swish them around a little with a fork to make sure they are not sticking to the pan.

      Turn them over once and fry an additional 2 to 3 min or until both sides are golden brown and the meat registers an internal temperature of 145°. Remove from pan and allow the oil to drain off.

      Serve in the traditional manner with lemon slices, as well as potato salad, cucumber salad, or French fries.  Serves 4

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