Pork schnitzel with parsley sauce

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
1 to 2 hours

Serves 40

From Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels


For the schnitzel

  • 1kg/2lb 4oz plain flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 4kg/9lb pork escalopes, each about 100g/3½oz, beaten flat
  • 10 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200ml/7fl oz sunflower oil, for shallow frying

For the sauce

  • 375g/13oz unsalted butter
  • 375g/13oz plain flour
  • 3 litres/5¼ pints whole milk
  • large bunch curly parsley, finely chopped


  1. Place the flour in a large bowl and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  2. Place the breadcrumbs in a large flattish bowl and mix in the chopped thyme and sage.

  3. Dredge each pork escalope lightly in the flour on both sides, shaking off any excess, then submerge in the beaten egg and press into the breadcrumb mixture, coating on both sides.

  4. Heat a little of the the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the schnitzels in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and completely cooked through (there should be no trace of pink in the middle). Remove the schnitzels from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Cook the remaining escalopes, adding more oil as necessary.

  5. For the sauce, melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the milk to the pan, whisking continually, until you have a thick white sauce. Season with salt then add the parsley and cook for a further five minutes.

  6. Serve the schnitzel with a spoonful of the sauce and vegetables of your choice.

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