Sunday, March 31, 2013

Polish Schnitzel

I make Polish style schnitzel.  It is easy, delicious, quick, and inexpensive.  It is not like the German schnitzel, which I also love, but harder to do.  To make the Polish dish you will need.

1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
3 piece of good bread which you put in the chopper and make fine bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 cup of catsup
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of salt (you can use onion salt if you like)
 couple of tablespoons Parsley

Mix the ground beef, onion, egg, catsup, salt, pepper, parsley, and about one cup of the bread crumbs, in a bowl large enough for the job.  I suggest you use your hands as that is the only way to mix it well.  You can use more bread crumbs if the mixture seems too wet.  Make into patties, about four from the amounts above.  

Take the left over bread crumbs and spread out in a plate, bread the top and bottom of each patty.  If you run out of bread crumbs, just food processor more.  The bread crumbs important for flavour, so make sure you use enough, you want the patties well coated.

Take a large skillet, cover the bottom with extra virgin olive oil. You want enough oil so they cook easily, but you are not 'frying'  them.  Cook about five minutes as side on medium heat, you do not want it too hot as the bread crumbs will get too dark, you want them 'golden brown.'  Now, at the end of the cooking I turn the skillet down to low and leave them in for about five more minutes, this just makes sure the centres are done. 

Take them out, let rest five minutes.... and enjoy with either whole grain egg noodles or new potatoes, green peas go well with this also.

I found this recipe from a lovely Polish lady on Youtube, link to her video of her making the dish below.  I cut the oinion much finer than she does in the video, makes a nicer patty I think.  I also use all beef, some people use a mixture of beef and pork.  I will post a photo of some I made later.

Link:  Polish style schnitzel by Ula

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