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Israeli Schnitzel Sandwich from Saveur Magazine

Sandwich lovers will already know that April’s edition of Saveur Magazine was devoted to the sandwich.

Which is funny, because I too am devoted to the sandwich.  I don’t think I ever intend to own a restaurant (although I flirt with the idea when it comes up from time to time), but if I was to take the plunge, my dream place would be a deli.  We’d make awesome breakfast sandwiches, scones and coffee to start the day, and then for lunch, we would move on to street foods of the world — served between 2 pieces of house-made bread.

Yup, sandwiches would rule the days in my restaurant all right — but not the nights — because the best thing about my dream deli is that it closes everyday at 6pm.  I’m too old to do dinner service anywhere but home.

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This beauty is a variation on Saveur’s Israeli Schnitzel Sandwich.  The source of the recipe, the Schnitzi Schnitzel Bar in Brooklyn, makes 9 different types of schnitzel and serves them with 13 different homemade sauces.

The recipe is long and involved.  But most of that has to do with making 2 sauces:  a basil pesto and a red chimichurri.  Instead, I decided to go the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich route, with some tasty German Blue and a new hot sauce made right here in BC, which cut the time down to reasonable for a weeknight dinner.

So basically, the only part of the recipe I followed was the chicken schnitzel.  But I didn’t really even do that, because strangely enough, the recipe does not call for the same preparation that the accompanying article describes in detail:

In a country known for Middle Eastern food, schnitzel remains one of the lone culinary holdovers of Zionism’s Austro-Hungarian roots… It’s been an Israeli staple since the early days of the country’s existence…turkey or chicken breasts (veal is too expensive to raise in the desert) are pounded; marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice; dipped in flour, then egg; dredged in bread crumbs—sometimes with sesame seeds or za’atar spice—and fried in oil. (Saveur Magazine, April 2011, David Sax)

The recipe skips the pounding and marinating steps altogether.  I did not — I marinated my pounded chicken breasts in the same mixture as above for about 30 mins before breading and frying — and the chicken was absolutely delicious.  It wouldn’t have been the same without the marinade.  I’m puzzled why the recipe doesn’t include it as a step, because after trying it once, marinated schnitzel is now the only schnitzel served at my place — whether that’s my dream deli or my as-is kitchen.

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11 thoughts on “Israeli Schnitzel Sandwich from Saveur Magazine

  1. Claudia

    I am also devoted to sandwiches and to deli (how I miss NYC’s delis). How can you not love your protein, vegetables and sauce between two delectable pieces of bread? Once upon a time I studied in Austria and had schnitzel – in all forms and glories a few times a week. This will be done!

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  2. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I have to admit that I don’t spend as much time focusing on sandwiches as I should. I really start paying them attention when they’re grilled or pressed though. When cheese is melting, I’m watching.

    I LOVE this: “best thing about my dream deli is that it closes everyday at 6pm. I’m too old to do dinner service anywhere but home.” Amen and amen.

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  3. Pendergirl

    Theresa,

    Yay to the sandwich in all its forms. The schnitzel leaves me drooling….Love the marinating idea. I grew up eating pork schnitzel with fresh lemon squeezed over it. Yummmm.
    I just have to add: “Come back and run the H.B.C. Bring us real food, good food, local food!! Pleeeez? :) “

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