Monday, March 26, 2012

Chef’s Special From Linderhof - Irish Schnitzel

During our recent visit to the Linderhof German Restaurant in Knoxville, the chef’s special, just prior to St. Patrick’s Day, was schnitzel topped with corned beef, kraut, cheese, and 1000 Island Dressing.  Since we still had pork loin in the freezer, leftover corned beef from St. Patty’s Day, an open jar of kraut in the fridge, a new pack of Guyere, and a fresh batch of 1000 Island Dressing, it was a natural.

We turned it in to a Southern meal by frying everything – plain ole potatoes (with fried onions available) and cabbage (same as for St. Patty’s Day).  It's times like these that I really appreciate our cooktop - three 12" and one 10" skillet no problem and two more burners under the cutting board if needed.


6 slices (6 ounces each) boneless pork loin
Chicken fried steak seasoning to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Flour to dust
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups bread crumbs – I used Italian seasoned

1. Pound the loins to ¼“ thick and dust with flour, seasoning, salt and pepper.

2. Mix eggs with milk. Dip pork loin in the egg mixture. Cover generously with breadcrumbs and pat very well so breading will stay on the pork.

3. Heat ¼” of oil in skillet and fry the pork for about 3½ minutes on each side to a golden brown.

I cooked three at a time adding the cheese after flipping and kept them warm on a rack in the warming drawer while I cooked the others.  Bev and I discusssed how to build these, mainly where the cheese should go and I thought the way we did it would made for a prettier presentation as cheese on top always seems to hide the other stuff.

The potatoes were a first for me - red skins with yellow flesh - not sure what they are called. I added about half of the bacon grease from the cabbage to the potato skillet and supplemented with some canola oil. Cooked with a lid for a while to steam, then removed the lid to crisp them up.

I sliced the meat, topped it with the kraut, and nuked to heat them.  I topped the cheese-covered schnitzel with the corned beef, then kraut, and finally a dollop of the dressing.

The schnitzel dish was a hit although all of the other flavors overpowered the pork - still a nice twist on a dish and it provided a nice crunch - I only ate one of the two on my plate.  The fried cabbage was again very good but my favorite was the potatoes - they were awesome and I forgot how good they were cooked in bacon fat - could have only been improved with a fried egg (or two the next morning for breakfast).

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

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3/21/2012 meal date


  1. The potatoes would have been my favorite too Larry. I'm trying to figure out red skin potatoes with yellow interiors. I love Yukon gold potatoes, but have a very difficult time finding them.

  2. That warming drawer does come in handy. I love having one with my range. I got some potatoes like that at Costco once and thought they were wonderful. Are they the same as these:

  3. Potatoes cooked in bacon grease truly are the best.. I will not argue with you there! Everything on the plate looks and sounds fantastic, Larry! Love the twist on the classic schnitzel.

  4. I love the way you cooked the potatoes. Leftovers for breakfast - yes please! Sounds terrific - all of it :) Have a lovely week.

  5. Larry, The whole thing looks good to me! Of course, like you, the potatos fried in bacon grease would be the 'bomb'!! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  6. Now that sounds like a good German meal. Very filling I'm sure.

  7. Southern style cooking makes any dish better. I love bacon grease with fried tators and cabbage...that's a major yum factor! This is a great meal Larry, and I"m jealous for your stove!

  8. From an old German...this Looks an sounds fantastic...and I agree anytinhg cooked in bacon grease is old fashioned German potato salad.......Mark

  9. My husband who has since past on was German, I had never known how to cook German food, oh my how he would have loved this one! Potatoes were his favorite food to!

  10. I haven't heard of Irish Schnitzel, but this sure looks delicious.

  11. Irish Schnitzel! The best of both worlds for me! I'll take two.

  12. I can see why you could only eat one of the two, that is a HUGE plate of food!


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