Pork Schnitzel With Dot’s Pretzel Crumble

Pork Schnitzel is a family favorite! The leftover pork Schnitzel can be re-heated to make delicious Schnitzel sandwiches aka: Schnitzelwiches. Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels used to make a delicious crumble. They stopped making it, but read on to find out how to make it. The pretzel coating adds so much flavor and it does not burn like other coatings, making it a great choice for Pork Schnitzel.

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What is Schnitzel?

Schnitzel is a German term for thin meat pounded until tender then breaded and fried. It is similar to Chicken-fried steak.

What kind of meat is used to make Schnitzel?

Traditionally veal is used, but other meats can be just as tasty. For this recipe I used pork chops, but you can also use beef or chicken.

Dot’s Pretzel Pork Schnitzel Recipe Ingredients:

How to prepare meat for Schnitzel?

First you must trim off all of the fat. This is important because after you bread the pork, you will not be able to see where the fat is.

Trimming pork chops
Trimming pork chops

Next you need to pound out the pork chops until they are approximately 1/4 inch thick. The best way to do this is to cover the meat with plastic wrap (to avoid splashing) and pound it with the flat side of a meat tenderizer mallet. It is best to do this on a plastic cutting board to protect your kitchen counter.

Tenderizing Pork.
Tenderizing Pork.

How to make Dot’s Pretzel Crumble

I was sad when Dot’s stopped selling their crumble. I contacted the company to find out where to buy it. They responded telling me they no longer make it. Fortunately, they told me I could make my own by crushing or food processing Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels . Here’s how:

Measure out 2 cups of Dot’s Homestyle Pretzel’s for every 4 pork chops you desire to coat. Place them in a food processor and process until evenly crumbled.

Original Dot's Homestyle pretzels in a food processor.
Original Dot’s Homestyle pretzels in a food processor.
Homemade Original Dot's Homestyle pretzel crumble in a food processor.
Homemade Original Dot’s Homestyle pretzel crumble in a food processor.

How to Bread Schnitzel

First coat the pork chops with flour.

coating pork in flour
Coating pork in flour

Then dip the breaded pork chops into the egg mixture (see recipe).

Dipping pork into egg mixture before adding pretzels
Dipping pork into egg mixture before adding pretzels

Then coat the pork chops in the homemade Dot’s Pretzel Crumble. Hint: Only put a little crumble at a time on the plate. That way you can save the leftover crumble. If it touches raw meat you will have to dispose of it.

Breading pork in Homemade Dot's Pretzel Crumble
Breading pork in Homemade Dot’s Pretzel Crumble
Pork coated in Homemade Dot's Pretzel Crumble
Pork coated in Homemade Dot’s Pretzel Crumble

How to Cook Pork Schnitzel

First add 1/4 inch of canola or vegetable oil to a frying pan and heat. Add your breaded pork 3-4 at a time to the pan. Cook 3 minutes then flip and cook another 3 minutes.

Schnitzel in frying pan
Browning the first side of schnitzel
schnitzel in frying pan
Browning Pork Schnitzel

The pork will not be fully cooked at this time. Place the fried pork chops on a jelly roll pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 min. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F.

Pork Schnitzel with Dot's Pretzel Crumble
Pork Schnitzel with Dot’s Pretzel Crumble, ready to bake.
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How to serve Pork Schnitzel

Serve with any side dish you wish. Some great suggestions include: roasted vegetables, rice, risotto, and/or potatoes. Alternatively, you can serve it on a bun as a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayo/mustard, onions, pickles or slaw. Get creative!

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What can you do with Leftover Pork Schnitzel?

Air fry your leftover Schnitzel for best results. I air fry on high in my Ninja Foodi for 6 minutes. You can serve with your leftover sides or make a sandwich and serve with fries, chips or slaw!

Is Pork Schnitzel Healthy?

Absolutely not. This is why I suggest serving it with some roasted vegetables or a side of coleslaw! Try sauteed beet tops for another healthy side.

Recipe for Pork Schnitzel with Dot’s Pretzel Crumble

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By Kristin

I am a part-time pediatric pharmacist, full time wife and mother of three teens. I’m also a home chef, gamer, and love to entertain in my home. I know how to relax and enjoy my home life and would love to share my ideas with you.

One reply on “Pork Schnitzel With Dot’s Pretzel Crumble”

Yummy yummy yummy. Great recipe for pretzels really add to the wonderful flavor. Will give the recipe 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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