Wiener Schnitzel or alternatively, Vienna
Schnitzel (Schnitzel in German means a cutlet without bones), is a
traditional Austrian dish and is a popular part of Viennese and Austrian
cuisine, consisting of a thin slice of veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried.
Left: Wiener Schnitzel.
In Austria the dish is traditionally served
with a lemon slice, lingonberry jam and either potato salad or potatoes with
parsley and butter.
While the traditional Wiener Schnitzel is made
of veal, it is now sometimes made of pork, though in that case it is often
called Schnitzel Wiener Art (Germany) or Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein
(Austria) to differentiate it from the original. In Austria, the term Wiener
Schnitzel is protected by law, and any schnitzel called by that name has to
be made from veal.
The dish may have originated in Milan,
northern Italy, as cotoletta alla milanese, and may have appeared in
Vienna during the 15th or 16th century.
In Argentina, the schnitzel is one of the most popular meals,
milanesa. It is just one of the many
influences of Italian immigration to the country since the end of the 19th
In Russia the dish is called "отбивная" (which
literally means "a piece of meat which has been beaten").
Russian cuisine includes recipes of schnitzel prepared of pork as well as
beef/veal or even chicken meat.