Schnitzel and sweet and sour

by puerdycat

Schnitzel, sweet and sour red cabbage and dilled liver dumplings

Beauty and a Roomful of Childhood Memory!

A wonderful mix of flavors, sweet and sour red cabbage, Wiener Schnitzel, dilled liver dumplings and potatoes, mashed or oven baked.    These dishes are delicious and they carry a wealth of family memory.  I hope you enjoy them!

Leaves, red to purple, cabbage colors come from Mother Earth so you get regional colorations. Acidic soils give red, and alkaline soils give green and yellow leaves. When cooking, vinegar added to the pot keeps the red, red. You see, cabbage is sort of a home-made pH indicator! The scent of this dish is a wonderful memory, a part of my heritage.


Red Cabbage

Perfect with Wiener Schnitzel, Liver dumplings and mashed taters, here's my Austrian grandma's red cabbage recipe

 Cabbage served with Pork chops and Mashed Potatoes

tip #1-- Add up to half a cup of water to the cabbage mixture at first. Keep the pot covered and the cabbage will cook down.

tip #2-- My personal rule is equal measure of sugar and vinegar. But "to taste" IS important !

tip #3-- I would reserve the apple sauce 'til late in the cooking, less than 10 minutes from the end.

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

4 slices of thick sliced bacon, diced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium sized head of red cabbage, ... shredded ... !
½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup water
¼ cup plain applesauce
3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
A pinch of ground cloves
Salt to taste

In a large pot, cook the diced bacon over medium heat to cook out the bacon grease. Frequent stirring keeps the bacon soft.
Drain, pour off, or spoon off all but two tablespoons of the bacon grease.
Add the onions and stir to coat with the bacon grease; cook until soft and translucent (glazed).
Add the shredded red cabbage and stir well.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the salt.. Stir well and cover with a lid.
Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes or until cabbage is soft. Stir occasionally.
Add salt to taste.
Makes about 6 servings depending on the size head of cabbage head you use.


Wiener Schnitzel

"Wien" means Vienna

Weiner Schnitzel --

Serve your red cabbage with Weiner Schnitzle or Pork Chops. American chicken-fried steak and southern-fried steak are pretty much the same as Austrian Schnitzel.

HERE'S THE ROUTINE. Just like old fashioned fried chicken, first dredge your meat in flour, then in beaten eggs, then in bread crumbs. And  you are ready to cook!
2 pounds of beef, or veal for a traditional dish

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 eggs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

4 cups bread crumbs

Enough oil to coat the pan for frying, maybe 1/8 cup oil.
- Cut the meat into steaks half of an inch thick or so.
- Beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon oil and salt and pepper.
- Dredge (roll) the meat in flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the bread crumbs.

I prefer a big cast-iron pan. Oil and pre-heat your pan on medium-high heat, and fry the coated steaks about 5 or 10 minutes until golden brown, turn and cook the second side about 5 or 10 minutes more.Like to read a little about Vienna's Schnitzel and America's versions?


Dilled Liver Dumplings are pretty easy to make, aren't they? Just watch this!

Liver dumplings recipe - Floyd Cooks - BBCby BBCFood | video info

Researching my family history led me down this path

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Settlement Cookbook from turn-of-the-century Wisconsin

When I got my own copy of the cookbook I grew up on I used to read myself to sleep with it. Could I love it more? My mom taught me to cook with this book! My early '40s edition had little cooks on the cover!
The Settlement Cook Book 1903
Dover Publications
The New Settlement Cook Book
Simon and Schuster
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Updated: 12/08/2011, puerdycat
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Holistic_Health on 07/20/2011

I always wondered what Wiener Schnitzel was. Great recipe.

mivvy on 07/20/2011

What a lovely recipe, we prepare red cabbage in exactly the same way, but then we are neighbours of course.

Guest on 06/14/2011

mmm, one of my favorite mom's family is German so she would make this dish in the winter once a month!

FlowerGardener on 06/14/2011

Looking forward to you incorporating the many uses of cabbage! I had a Polish mother and father in law. Your red cabbage reminds me so much of them making their own red (with beets) horseradish served with home-made sausages.

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