Wiener Schnitzel is the Austrian version of this recipe and is made from veal. This Hungarian version of Schnitzel is made from pork chops or pork tenderloin. In my opinion, pork tastes better than veal as it does not dry out like veal can. Schnitzel is great paired with a slice of lemon and creamy mashed potatoes but is also really good with parslied yellow beans. Both combinations are delicious.
If using pork chops, try to get the very thin 'fast fry' cut, otherwise it's best to use a meat mallet to thin regular cut pork chops to about 1/4" inch before breading. This will increase the size of the chop but will ensure that the chop stays moist. Cut slits in the fat edges to prevent the meat from curling up when frying and to allow the meat to be flattened out.
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6very thin pork chops
1cuppanko or dried bread crumbs
vegetable oil for frying
1lemoncut into wedges and de-seeded
Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
Season the pork chops with kosher salt and allow to rest at room temperature for an hour before frying.
Set up your work station before you heat the oil, this should include 2 sheets of parchment paper with a bowl in the center; start with flour on the first, then egg and milk whisked together and then panko or bread crumbs on the second sheet,
Pour a generous amount of vegetable oil in a large frying pan, the oil should be about as deep as the thickness of one of the pork chops. There should be enough oil so that the oil reaches the sides of the pork chops but does not cover the top.
Heat the oil over high heat while breading the pork chops
One pork chop at a time, turn the chop in flour, then both sides in the egg wash, and lastly, cover both sides in panko or bread crumbs
Test the oil for temperature by dropping a few panko crumbs in the oil, if they rise immediately and sizzle, the oil is ready
Add as many chops as will fit without overlapping and fry until the first side is a nice even golden brown
Check periodically and turn when the first side is done
Remove fried chops to a paper towel to drain and continue with the remaining chops
Move chops to a serving platter or individual plates and serve with a wedge of lemon