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Schnitzel Sandwiches

Schnitzel is one of those foods that seem like a lot of work, but actually is pretty manageable. I've made it into a sandwich here because that's what we were in the mood for but obviously it's also great as a main on potatoes and smothered in gravy. I've also used pork here but you can substitute in chicken as well. Don't be shy on playing around with the spices you add to the coating either! 

Gather the Good Stuff 

  1.  3 or 4 small pork chops - deboned and fat removed 
  2. 1/2 cup flour 
  3. 2 eggs 
  4. 1.5 cups panko bread crumbs  
  5. 2 Tbsp butter 
  6. 3/4 cup or more vegetable oil for frying 
  7. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  8.  1 tsp salt
  9. 1 tsp ground black pepper 
  10. 1 large onion - sliced
  11. Tomatoes & mayo for sandwich toppings 
  12. Salad greens for sandwich toppings 
  13. Bread for sandwiches - I recommend Rye but any nice bread will work 

Putting it Together 

  1.  Lay pork out on a flat, sturdy work surface. Using a mallet or a rolling pin, pound pork down until it is 1/2 inch thick and well tenderized
  2. Mix flour with the salt, pepper and paprika
  3. Coat the cutlets with the flour mixture and shake off the excess 
  4. At this point, heat your oil and butter in a heavy frying pan over medium heat
  5. On a medium plate lay out your bread crumbs and add some more salt 
  6. Crack the eggs onto a plate or a shallow bowl and beat to mix 
  7. Dredge your floured cutlet first in the egg mix and after letting the excess drip off, immediately into the bread crumbs. Coat well and put aside on a clean plate 
  8. Get your sandwich materials ready - chop tomatoes, put out salad greens, get the may from the fridge 
  9. When the oil is hot fry these in batches of 2-3. Don't crowd the pan or you will end up with burned cutlets 
  10. These should be fried for about 3 minutes per side but keep a close eye on how they are browning
  11. Toast your bread and assemble into sandwiches while hot  

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