The German Zigeunerschnitzel or Paprikaschnitzel is a very popular German entree that you can find on many german menus. Meanwhile it is also called “Balkanschnitzel” because of the word “Zigeuner” which means gypsy. Nevertheless it is a dish that is made since more than hundred years and the typical “Zigeunersosse” (the gravy) can be bought in the supermarkets. The Schnitzel is not breaded, just turned in some flour. You can make this dish now – so feel like you are in Germany! Happy Cooking!
Ingredients German Zigeuernerschnitzel
500 g pork schnitzel, sliced
pepper, paprika powder (mild to hot as you like), cayenne pepper, salt to taste
20 g Mehl
3 tbsp sunflower/canola oil
150 g mushrooms, fresh or canned
1 smaller onion
2 peppers (one red and one green)
⅛ Liter red wine, dry
⅛ Liter broth
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp Ajvar (if you can get some)
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Cooking Instructions German Zigeunerschnitzel
– Pound the pork schnitzel.
– Spice with salt, pepper and paprika powder/cayenne pepper.
– Turn in flour
– In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil, brown the schnitzel evenly on both sides briefly on high heat.
– Reduce heat, then fry for another 3-4 min for each side.
– Remove from pan, set aside and keep warm.
– Chop onions, fine, cut mushrooms into smaller cubes.
– Add 1 tbsp oil to the same pan. Brown onions and mushrooms slightly.
– Cut peppers in half, remove seeds and white skin, wash, dry on kitchen paper. Then cut peppers into fine stripes.
_ Add to the mushrooms, saute for about 10 min.
– Pour red wine and broth to pepper mix.
– Mix in tomato paste and ketchup. Spice with salt, pepper, paprika powder to taste.
– Place the schnitzel in the pan with the sauce. Just warm the meat a little, don’t bring it to a boil.
Serve the Zigeunerschnitzel with Pommes Frites – French Fries, that’s the classic version. If you like you also can serve it with rice and/or pasta. All these side dishes are an excellent combination.