1.27.2010

schnitzel and mushroom spaetzle

my brother served his mission in Germany and when he came home I had all kinds of questions for him about the food there. the only German food venture I had during culinary school was making spaetzle and I loved it. I mean, LOVE at first bite. my brother happened to agree about the deliciousity that is spaetzle and I've been meaning to make some ever since. so, that's what I did this weekend. I made a traditional German/Austrian meal of schnitzel and mushroom mustard spaetzle (thanks Tyler Florence for the inspiration). I will say that this meal was hard work for me. if I hadn't been balancing meat pounding and pushing spaetzle batter through a colander with nursing a hungry three month old baby by myself, I doubt it would have been such a labor of love. so don't be daunted by my griping but I probably will only make this on special occasion (and also because it's not the most low calorie meal out there - in fact, quite the contrary but it was delicious).

Tyler's Ultimate Schnitzel
4 boneless skinless pork loin chops (about 5 - 6 ounces each)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
kosher salt and pepper
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
4 cups plain dried breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon thyme (or one spring fresh thyme if you have it)
lemon wedges
Place each chop between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound them with a meat tenderizer with the flat side (or, if you don't have a meat tenderizer like me, carefully pound with a rolling pin but be sure to do it evenly).
Put the flour in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the eggs and milk in another shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Pour the breadcrumbs in a third dish and season with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge the pounded pork chops in the flour and shake off excess. Then quickly soak in the egg and dredge evenly in the breadcrumbs to coat.
Lay the breaded pork chops in a single layer on a plate and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.
Heat the oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the thyme and gently lay the chops (two at a time) and cook until they are golden brown and crispy and cooked through. Remove to paper towels to drain. Season with salt and serve with lemon wedges (which really make the schnitzel taste so much better).
Mushroom Mustard Spaetzle
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Whisk together the eggs and milk in another bowl. Making a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the wet ingredients in and gently stir together until smooth. It should be thick and smooth. Let sit on the counter for 15 minutes (this is a good time to pound out your meat and cut up the mushrooms).
Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer. To form the spaetzle, hold a large holed colander over simmering water and push the dough through the holes with a spatula. Do it in batches and stir after they drop in the pot so they don't stick together. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes until they float to the top. Drain and give a quick rinse in cold water and set aside.
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (I used button but I think crimini would have been even better)
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
Add 1 Tablespoons of butter and the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cooked spaetzle and saute until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Set the same skillet back over medium high heat and add a bit more oil and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add the thyme, mushrooms and garlic and saute until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cream and mustard and let cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Fold in spaetzle. Serve with schnitzel.

2 comments:

nikki said...

i grew up eating schnitzel. LOVE IT! but youre right, not the healthiest choice out there :o)

Steve and Erin Larsen said...

Wow! That looks good but I will probably never make it--too time consuming! I'm all about easy meals! ha ha