Wienerschnitzel is the iconic dish of Vienna.
Officially, Wienerschnitzel is made with Veal, but I prefer making it with Pork; it’s less expensive and better still tastier.
You can buy boneless Pork Loin Cutlets from the supermarket, or you can have the butcher prepare it, or you can buy a piece of pork top round and cut and pound it yourself. If you can’t get a top round use a pork loin instead.
With a top pork round remove the top flap using a knife or by simply using your thumb to separate. This flap tends to separate with a minimum of effort.
Remove the fatty parts and silver skin from the outside of the loin.
Cut the meat into approximately 6 oz pieces. Weigh the whole piece and divide by 6 oz. which will give you an idea of how many Schnitzels you can get out of it. One typical pork typical round loin from the supermarket or butcher should yield approximately 6 – 8 portions.
Place plastic wrap or a ziploc bag over the cutlet before pounding, this will keep the meat clean and give you a more even result.
Use the flat side of meat pounder (tenderizer). Visualize a line through the center of the meat, flatten the top half pounding away from you and the bottom half pounding toward you. While pounding be careful not to break the meat.
You want it not too thick but not too thin (otherwise known as the “Goldilocks Zone”). If you don't have a meat tenderizer you can use a heavy pan or skillet in a pinch (good luck!).
Season the meat with salt and pepper.
Before breading the pork, heat up a neutral oil with a high smoke point (like Canola or Peanut oil) in a large pan, preferably 12-15 inches. Fill it with 1.5 – 2 inches of oil so the schnitzel can swim in it, this will avoid the Schnitzel from touching the bottom of the pan so that the Schnitzel can fry gently without charring. Make sure there is enough room in the pan so that the oil does not overflow.
Prepare 3 separate baking pans, one with flour, one with eggs, and one with breadcrumbs*. Season the egg mixture with salt and pepper.
Coat with flour
Continue by coating with egg mixture
Finish by coating with breadcrumbs tightly with some pressure.