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Garlic Schnitzel

Vanja’s Garlic Schnitzel

One of Vanja's favourite weeknight meals that remind him of his home. A part of my Minute Steak Series.

Course Main
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword Minute Steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Valerie Lugonja


Ingredients for Schnitzel

  • 1 kilo Grass-fed beef schnitzel minute steak, or cube steak
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 or more tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 or more tablespoons butter

Ingredients for Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup finely minced garlic about 1 head
  • ¼ cup butter or olive oil
  • 3 cups or more water
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste


Instructions for Preparing the Schnitzel

  1. Pat dry schnitzel pieces; lay on parchment lined cutting board
  2. Using a meat tenderizer, pound surface of each schnitzel evenly till double in surface area
  3. Prepare dredging pan with flour and seasonings; carefully dredge each schnitzel with flour mixture until complete coated and set aside
  4. When all are dredged, clean work area and prepare for frying

Instructions for Frying the Schnitzel

  1. In a heavy skilled, heat a mixture of butter and olive oil on medium high heat; test readiness with a drop of water: if it sizzles, time to fry the schnitzel
  2. Do not overcrowd the pan; place 3-4 schnitzels in at a time, depending upon size
  3. Fry 2 minutes per side, or until golden in colour; set aside to drain on paper towel
  4. Fry remaining schnitzel in the same manner

Instructions for Making the Gravy

  1. Remove all grease from pan and return to heat set at medium; add butter and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute
  2. Add 1 cup of water to deglaze the pan; once the pan is deglazed and most water evaporated, add flour and cook, stirring constantly into a paste or a roux
  3. Add the remaining 2 cups of water slowly, stirring and cooking, until desired thickness in gravy is achieved
  4. Season to taste

Instructions for Putting it all Together

  1. Place set aside schnitzel gently into garlic gravy; heat together at low simmer for 10-15 minutes to meld flavours
  2. Serve on a bed of fresh noodles or mashed potatoes with a crisp green salad on the side