Schnitzel-Style Pork Cutlets: A Trip Down Memory Lane with Deniz Vergara

Crispy, succulent, and undeniably delicious – Deniz Vergara’s Schnitzel-Style Pork Cutlets are a tribute to a cherished family memory, and a nod to the classic German and Austrian culinary traditions. Perfect for both novice and seasoned cooks, this recipe takes you on a gastronomic journey that tantalizes the taste buds while evoking a sense of nostalgia.

Key Points:

  • Heritage & Memories: Deniz’s connection to this dish runs deep, rooted in fond memories of her Vienna-born grandma. This recipe is more than just a delightful meal; it’s a trip down memory lane.
  • Beginner-Friendly: This schnitzel-style pork cutlet recipe is straightforward, with easy-to-find ingredients and no need for specialized equipment.
  • Texture & Flavor: A blend of regular and panko breadcrumbs ensures a crust that’s both crispy and light. Pairing these cutlets with lemon wedges amplifies the taste by providing a refreshing burst of citrusy zest.

Recipe Snapshot:

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Boneless pork cutlets (1 lb.)
  • Sea salt (2 ½ tsp, divided)
  • Garlic powder (1 tsp, divided)
  • Black pepper (½ tsp)
  • All-purpose flour (½ cup)
  • Large egg (1)
  • Water (2 tsp)
  • Breadcrumbs (½ cup)
  • Panko breadcrumbs (½ cup)
  • Avocado oil (¼ cup or as needed)
  • Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare and pound the pork cutlets to about ¼ inch thickness.
  2. Season the meat with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Set up three separate bowls for dredging – flour and salt; egg and water; and a breadcrumb mix.
  4. Coat each cutlet in flour, then the egg mixture, and lastly, the breadcrumb blend.
  5. Heat avocado oil in a skillet and fry cutlets until they achieve a golden hue.
  6. Drain excess oil with paper towels.
  7. Serve immediately, ideally with lemon wedges for an added zest.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 503
  • Fat: 30.2g (Saturated Fat: 7.1g, Trans Fat: 0.0g)
  • Cholesterol: 117.9mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27.8g (Fiber: 1.4g, Sugars: 1.2g)
  • Sodium: 418.0mg
  • Protein: 28.2g

Whether you’re inspired by Deniz’s family memories or simply eager to try something new for dinner, this Schnitzel-Style Pork Cutlets recipe offers a delightful culinary experience that’s hard to resist. So, why not give it a whirl and perhaps create some cherished memories of your own?