National Wiener Schnitzel Day is not a holiday dedicated to a restaurant, as many Americans think, but to a tender veal cutlet dish, which is rolled in bread and fried. In Vienna, this dish is recognized as a delicacy.
The dish is so iconic that they even created a real holiday for it, and there are millions of schnitzel recipes all over the world. The American version is a fried chicken steak, the Japanese version is a pork cutlet with fragrant breading. But each of these dishes is nothing more than an imitator. Worthy of the throne is only the Wiener schnitzel, according to the original recipe. If you are traveling in Austria, be sure to try this dish.
History in dates
During the Middle Ages, the Arabs breaded meat and fried it – this was the first prototype of the modern schnitzel. The recipe for the Wiener Schnitzel dates back to 1134. The Romans had a recipe called Cotoletta a la Milanese. ‘Viennese schnitzel’ appeared in 1862, and was invented by an Italian whose name has not been preserved. In 1905, a restaurant opened in Vienna, where schnitzel was served for the first time. It is still popular today. In 1961, a chain of hot dogs opened in America, which is why many people confuse the dish with street food.
Why schnitzel is so loved by millions
- Schnitzel is simple and tasty. It is served with simple side dishes – mashed potatoes, salad, and mushrooms.
- This is a versatile dish that never disappoints.
- The dish can be prepared in completely different ways.
How to take part
Visit a restaurant for a sumptuous royal meal, or cook your own, but this requires you to buy the best cuts of veal. Invite guests and organize a party. Treat everyone with your culinary masterpiece. Schnitzel can be vegetarian, in which case vegetables are used instead of meat.
When is National Wiener Schnitzel Day in 2023?
National Wiener Schnitzel Day is observed on September 9 each year.