The schnitzel is slowly becoming popular beyond geography and culture. Originating in parts of Germany and Austria, schnitzel is meat that is pounded into thin pieces and coated with a layer of flour or bread crumbs soaked in beaten eggs. This product is then fried in oil to result in a hot, crispy dish that can be eaten alone or with an assortment of side dishes. Although this is the method of cooking that most countries follow while preparing schnitzels, there are exceptions as some people choose to saute instead of fry and some schnitzel dishes such as the Walliser schnitzel aren’t even breaded.
- Types of schnitzels
The meat used is schnitzel is mutton or chicken. Wiener schnitzel prepared in Austria is a national dish that uses veal. The Israeli schnitzel is made from chicken breast and is served alongside fries, pasta, or rice. Since escalope is a dish prepared in a manner similar to the schnitzel, some countries choose to call schnitzels as escalope despite the latter having a thinner cut of meat.
- Schnitzel pairing
All schnitzels are boneless pieces that is taken from the thick flank. Some popular schnitzel cuts in India are the chicken pasanda cut, Bannur lamb pasanda cut, goat pasanda cut, and Hyderabadi goat pasanda cut.
Some of the common side dishes that are paired with schnitzels are mashed potatoes, rice, fries, boiled vegetables, chips, salad and potato omelettes. To add flavour to the schnitzel, any type of sauce, ketchup, cheese, and spices such as black pepper, garlic, or even lemon juice is added.
- Health benefits
Although schnitzels might seem limited to nothing but a simple meal, it is also known for its high concentration of protein. Additionally, schnitzels also increase the Iron and vitamin B12 content in your body, contains at least 25% of the recommended daily zinc intake for adults, and has less than 100 gm of sodium.
If the taste and the health benefits aren’t reason enough, schnitzels are also extremely easy to make, involving only a three-step process. Head over to Brown Apron to check out recipes for other meat dishes which can be served alongside a hot plate of schnitzels.