Wiener Schnitzel. Breaded veal scallops. Ready in 15 minutes and so delicious.
Wiener Schnitzel (Betty’s Vienersnitzel) is a scrumptious, quick meal.
September 9 is National Wiener Schnitzel Day. What a delectable choice. Don here, telling you about Momma Betty’s Viernersnitzel (aka Wiener Schnitzel). Mom was the cook in our family, but Dad was the gatherer of recipes. This one came from a card he typed many years ago (hence the creative spelling of “snitzel”). My favorite German food—Schnitzel. Veal scallops, pounded thin, dredged in spices and flour, and fried until nicely browned. Add lemon when you serve. The pounding makes them amazingly tender.
You can either serve this dish family style by passing the warm platter and lemon slices or plate each serving with lemon slices. Add a side dish of spaetzle or wide noodles and Green Beans Almandine or steamed asparagus. This recipe is written for each serving. Quantities depend on the number of servings.
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Wiener Schnitzel (Betty’s “Vienersnitzel”) RecipePrint
Betty’s “Vienersnitzel” (Wiener Schnitzel)
Tender breaded veal cutlets, seasoned with lemon
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Main Course, veal
- Cuisine: German
- 1 veal scallop pounded thin
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1 egg
- fine bread crumbs (1/8 cup or so; use gluten free panko if you need GF)
- salt and fresh ground pepper (to taste; I use about 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (or Pecorino Romano, which is a sheep’s cheese)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- fresh lemon slices or wedges
- Pound the veal scallops until they are about half their original thickness.
- Beat the egg and place in a shallow dish or on a plate.
- Toss the bread crumbs with the salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and spread the mixture on a plate or shallow dish.
- Put the flour on a third plate or shallow dish.
- Pour olive oil to about 1/4 inch deep in a heavy skillet and add 2-3 tablespoons of butter for flavor.
- Heat on medium high so the oil is very hot and the veal cooks quickly.
- Dredge both sides of the veal scallops first in flour, then in egg, then the bread crumb mixture.
- Brown the scallops on both sides.
- If the oil is hot enough, this should only take a minute or two.
- If you are making more than one serving, place the cooked scallops on a warm platter until all scallops are cooked.
- Serve immediately with lemon slices or wedges.
Note: The nutrition label assumes that all of the ingredients are consumed. However, there will be some leftover flour, salt and cheese mixture. And the oil and butter will not be fully absorbed.
- Serving Size: 1 veal scallop
- Calories: 812
- Sugar: 8.2 g
- Sodium: 1063.8 mg
- Fat: 61.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 22.4 g
- Trans Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 50.1 g
- Fiber: 2.5 g
- Protein: 22.8 g
- Cholesterol: 269.8 mg
Keywords: Wiener Schnitzel
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Background: Remembering Germany and France
During the last half of the 1950s my Dad, who was in the Army, was assigned to France. We lived in NW France in the Alsace region close to Germany and spent some summer vacations in Germany where I developed a fondness for schnitzel. In fact the legend goes that’s all I would order for supper in restaurants.
When my Dad retired from the Army, we moved to a very small town in Southwest Virginia with no German restaurant for miles around. We could, however, get very good milk-fed veal by mail from Charlottesville, Virginia. So Mom became the German chef and my Dad and I fought for the privilege of pounding the veal scallops.
GF = Gluten free | DF = Dairy free | NF = Nut free | SF = Soy free | EF = Egg free | CF = Corn free | V = Vegetarian | VG = Vegan
Note: If you have serious allergies or sensitivities, to be considered free of these allergens, you need to use products specifically marked “gluten free,” etc. There can be cross-contamination in facilities.
This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop April 26, 2019 and updated September 9, 2021.