Lemon and thyme pork schnitzel with potato salad

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 4

From Hairy Bikers Everyday Gourmets


For the potato salad

  • 400g/14oz new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche
  • 2 tbsp baby capers, drained
  • 50g/2oz baby gherkins, drained and sliced
  • 1 lemon, zest and 2 tsp juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley

For the pork schnitzels

  • 2 x 180g/6oz pork loin steaks, fat trimmed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 75g/2½oz coarse dried white breadcrumbs, preferably Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ lemon, zest only, finely grated
  • 15g/½oz parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 300ml/10½fl oz sunflower oil

To serve

  • 2 handfuls fresh watercress
  • 1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. For the potato salad, half-fill a pan with salted water and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and return to the boil. Cook for 15-18 minutes, or until just tender. Drain in a colander and then rinse under running water until cold.

  2. Mix the mayonnaise, crème fraiche, capers, gherkins and lemon juice in a large bowl until well combined.

  3. Cut each of the potatoes into four chunks and stir into the mayonnaise dressing with the lemon zest. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle over the parsley.

  4. For the pork schnitzels, sandwich one of the pork loin steaks between two sheets of cling film. Flatten the steak using a rolling pin or meat mallet to an even thickness of 1cm/½in. Remove the cling film and cut the flattened steak in half lengthways. Season on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Repeat the process with the remaining pork loin steaks.

  5. Beat the egg in a bowl. Sprinkle the flour onto a plate. Mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, parmesan, thyme and a good pinch of salt in a shallow bowl until well combined.

  6. Dredge each piece of pork first into the flour, then dip it into the beaten egg, then dredge it in the breadcrumb mixture until completely coated. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of pork.

  7. Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (Caution: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  8. Add two of the schnitzels to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the pork is cooked through and the coating is crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan using a pair of tongs and set aside to drain on a warmed plate lined with kitchen paper. Keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining two pork schnitzels.

  9. To serve, divide the potato salad among four serving plates. Arrange a few watercress leaves alongside each portion and drizzle with a little olive oil. Lay one pork schnitzel alongside.

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