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I understand that the meat is thinned with a mallet before coating with breadcrumbs and frying.

What parts of veal or pork are suitable?

(Googling the subject seems to produce mostly sausage related hits for some reason)

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That's odd; google works fairly well for me. I wonder if you have some odd personalization/localization going on. – Jefromi Jul 8 '11 at 23:47 might give different results, but mostly I just typoed it without space between Wiener and Schnitzel. Sri :P – jkj Jul 9 '11 at 0:56
In many parts of the world, Wiener Schnitzel is beef flank or sirlion pulled apart along the grain to make large thin steaks, it does not require pounding if done properly – TFD Aug 20 '15 at 3:58
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The real, original Wiener Schnitzel is veal. Definitely. I can't link to a web source now, but I have some German cook books at home, including one solely about different kinds of schnitzel.


From the veal, you use parts 6, 7 and 11 for any kind of schnitzel, 7 being the best and highest-prized choice. I don't know the English names, maybe somebody can supply them. Also, try using leaner meat. I think that in the US, the fat marbled beef is considered higher quality. But in Europe, lean beef is preferred. A good beef schnitzel has maybe 3% fat.

This said, there are lots of places which cook pork schnitzels in the Wiener style and call them Wiener Schnitzel. It isn't traditional, but if you like the taste, there is nothing against doing it that way at home. They come from the same parts of the pig as the veal schnitzel: the ham and the lower back. Again, they should be very lean. And in both cases, unlike a steak, a schnitzel is always boneless.

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German Food Guide says to use the pork loin. says to use either a pork chop or a veal cutlet.

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When you see 'Wiener Schnitzel' on a german or austrian menu it is ALWAYS veal. Schnitzel made with pork loin can not be offered as such in restaurants, but must be called instead "Schnitzel Wiener Art"(Vienna Style). Here is a tip for those schnitzel lovers out there:use japanese panko bread crumbs for your coating!

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Do you know what part of the calf is used then? Or can it be any piece of veal? – Mien Jun 14 '13 at 21:26

I was taught that the "Wiener" referred to the original recipe origins in Vienna. This Schnitzel in the Vienna style was originally veal.

American German restaurants usually serve a variety of meats prepared into paillards (flattened with mallet) and breaded - generally only the Veal one is called "Wiener Schnitzel".

At home, I prefer to use Center Cut pork chops to prepare what I like to call "Swiner Schnitzel". I agree with the answer above that leaner is better. Schnitzel cooks extremely quickly and marbling is unnecessary.

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"Wiener Schnitzel" in Austria is pork. The term is only protected in Germany where your Wiener Schnitzel is made from veal. "Wiener Art" refers to pork Schnitzel.

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