Sunday, February 8, 2015

Maria's Pork Schnitzel with Oma Philomena's Potato Salad

Submitted by Kathy Lochwin

Maria is my partner Brad's second cousin. When Brad's Oma Philomena came to Canada from Austria she had no idea that her cousin Maria lived here until she received a surprise phone call from her one day. It was quite a reunion!

Maria makes a great pork schnitzel that goes perfectly with Oma Philomen's traditional style potato salad.

To make the schnitzel you need to start with two pork tenderloins.

Slice into approximately 9 pieces each. You will find this easier to do if the tenderloins are slightly frozen.

Pound each piece down to schnitzel thickness. (I make them quite thin, they cook more quickly and you get more bang for your buck.)

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Beat around 4 eggs in a bowl (adding a little Maggi into your egg mixture if you like) and prepare another two plates with bread crumbs and flour.

Pour about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of cooking oil  into a frying pan (or two) and heat over medium-high heat.

Place each piece of pork into flour, egg, then bread crumbs and fry till golden brown.

If batch cooking, have your oven set at around 
200 and place on baking sheet inside to keep warm.

If freezing to for later, do not cook just freeze after flour/egg/breadcrumb procedure, placing the battered pork in parchment paper.

Serve with lemon wedges. 

This goes perfectly with Oma Philomena's potato salad.

To make this, cut and boil some potatoes. You can use any kind (though not russet.)

Boil until fork tender in salted water. Drain and place in a large shallow dish.

Pour vinegar over the cooked potatoes. If you can, use All Seasoned Vinegar which you can find at Central European grocery stores. Or use a combination of Malt and Red wine vinegar (the malt really adds to the flavour!)

Be sure to use a healthy amount. You want the potatoes to bathe in the vinegar and an equal amount of extra virgin olive oil. (You can play with this ratio, its more of an eyeballing kind of thing) Slice some red onion and add(green can be substituted) and toss.

Let this mixture cool in the fridge for several hours. Keep tossing it every hour or so to get a nice even soaking.

Before serving add salt and fresh pepper.

This is one of my family's favourite things to make. It is very affordable, (especially if you get the pork on sale). You can make all this for well under 15 dollars. 20 pork schnitzels and a massive potato salad.

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