Whip up this recipe for Parmesan and Rosemary Pork Schnitzel in a flash

rosemary savoury crackers (I used the one from Woolies, but there are loads of others)
half a cup of freshly-grated parmesan (or pecorino)
sprig of fresh rosemary
500g pork fillet (chicken breasts work too, but I adore pork)
6 tbs cake flour
1 egg, beaten
pinch of salt (you don’t need much as the crackers and cheese are salty)
generous pinch of black pepper
canola oil for shallow frying
sea salt, for serving

How to
Blitz the rosemary crackers in a food processor until the mixture resembles fine crumbs (you need about two thirds of a cup). Mix the cracker crumbs and parmesan on a dinner plate. Mix the flour, salt and pepper on another dinner plate.

Cut the pork fillet into four equal pieces. Place a square of cling film on your breadboard and place one of the pieces of fillet on it. Now top with another square of cling film. Grab a rolling pin and bash away at the fillet to flatten it. How thick you like your schnitzel is up to you. I like it about 1.5cm. Repeat with the other pork pieces. This is hugely satisfying stuff, especially if you picture the face of your latest frenemy/Dilbert-like boss/ex while you’re at it.

Now dip each piece of fillet in the flour and gently shake off any excess. Then dip it into the egg and finally into the crumb/parmesan mixture. Make sure the schnitzels are completely encased in their crumb coating. Heat the oil and fry the fresh rosemary until it’s just crispy. Remove rosemary and set aside for later.

Shallow fry the schnitzels in the same oil (which will now be rosemary infused) until cooked through, crisp and golden on both sides. (You could use olive oil for frying, but I find Canola gives a crisper crust.) Crumble the crispy fried rosemary over the schnitzels and serve immediately with lemon wedges and a sprinkling of sea salt.

I like a peppery salad of wild rocket leaves kissed with a simple vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, sea salt, lemon and extra virgin olive oil with this. You can serve this schnitzel recipe with any starch of your choice – think buttery mash or sandwich it between two slices of fresh, warm sourdough.

Recipe by Lizet Hartley, courtesy of Melkkos & Merlot, a bilingual blog about food.

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