This pork schnitzel from Seattle’s own Chef Ludger Szmania is easy to make and just screams “autumn!” Serve it with some easy German accompaniments, such as Bavarian or Düsseldorf mustard, red cabbage or sauerkraut from a jar, spätzle, or potato dumplings made from a mix.

Serves: 4



8 3-ounce boneless pork loins

Salt and pepper

3 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups bread crumbs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Mushroom Sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

3 cups sliced mushrooms, a mixture of button and chanterelle

1 small onion, chopped

2 roma tomatoes

1/2 cup beef broth

1 cup red wine

Leaves of 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

Dash dried marjoram

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper


Pound pork loin to about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick – but not paper thin – between two sheets of plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper. Beat eggs in a bowl. Dust pork with flour on both sides. Dip in beaten eggs. Coat with breadcrumbs, patting them to ensure they stick. Refrigerate.

Make sauce: Heat butter and onions in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in mushrooms and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, herbs, red wine and beef broth. Simmer until sauce is reduced by half. Remove bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a large fry pan. Carefully add pork and fry on high heat, using a screen to prevent splattering. Turn and continue frying just until both sides are golden brown. Remove to paper towels. Drizzle with mushroom sauce and serve immediately.

This recipe is adapted from Chef Ludger Szmania at SZMANIA’s