Pork Schnitzel Sliders make a great snack, or appetizer, or serve them as part of a main dish. Easy to make and customizable with your favourite toppings, this twist on a classic dish is sure to please.
What is Schnitzel?
Pork Schnitzel is traditionally a German dish. It is made from pork cutlets that are pounded until thin, about ¼ inch thick, then breaded and fried.
It is said to have originated in Austria, where Weiner Schnitzel also originated. The difference is that Weiner Schnitzel is made from veal.
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How Is Pork Schnitzel Made?
It starts with boneless pork chops that are pounded to about ¼ inch thickness. This is done by placing the pork chop between two pieces of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet to pound the meat into a thin piece. This also tenderizes the meat and makes it quicker to cook.
The pork is then floured, placed in an egg wash, breaded, and fried.
We fry Schnitzel on our Blackstone Griddle, which allows us to cook 4 schnitzels at once and toast the buns at the same time.
Why Make Pork Schnitzel Sliders?
Turning a traditional pork schnitzel into sliders makes an easy-to-eat handheld sandwich that can be served in different ways.
They are small so they are easy to serve to a crowd or for little hands.
These sliders make a great addition to a table of appetizers, whether it’s Sunday football, a party, or any get-together. They are even great for tailgating.
What Do You Serve with Pork Schnitzel Sliders?
What to serve with Pork Schnitzel Sliders depends on whether you do these as a snack, appetizer, or main dish. It also depends on the slider buns you use. We like to use King’s Hawaiian Savory Rolls but we have also used their pretzel rolls as well. When using the pretzel rolls, we serve them with a stronger mustard like German mustard or a grainy mustard.
When using these as an appetizer, serve them with other appetizers along with toppings, like mustard, mayo, and pickles on the side.
As a snack, these only need toppings. But you can serve them with a side of potato chips or pretzels.
As a meal, these sliders go great with potato salad, coleslaw, or macaroni salad. A garden salad is also a good choice.
These sliders also go well with french fries or tater tots.
What are Some Good Toppings For Pork Schnitzel Sliders?
There are many toppings you can add to these sliders. Traditionally, pork schnitzel is served with sauerkraut or a mushroom sauce. We prefer mustard and pickles on these sliders.
Here are some ideas for toppings:
- Mustard- regular mustard or a grainy mustard
- Pickles- sour or garlic dill slices
- Tangy Coleslaw
- Tomato Slices
- Onions- diced or thinly sliced
- Cheese- a mild-tasting cheese like gouda is a good choice.
If I am being honest, these sliders do not store well. The coating on the pork gets soggy when stored. But if you do have leftovers, the best way to store the schnitzel is in an air-tight container in the fridge.
To reheat, it is best done in an oven or an air fryer. The microwave will make these soggy and rubbery.
Pork Schnitzel Sliders
- 4 small pork chops, boneless, about 1 pound in total
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup panko
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 pack Kings Hawaiian Savory rolls or slider buns of your choice
- Place a pork chop between two pieces of plastic wrap.
- Using a cutting board, place the pork in the centre and pound it with a meat mallet until it is about ¼ inch thick, set aside.
- Repeat with remaining pork chops.
- Create a dredging station by placing flour in a shallow dish and eggs in another shallow dish.
- In a third shallow dish, whisk together panko, breadcrumbs, spices, and seasonings.
- Working with one piece of pork at a time, dredge each piece in flour, then eggs, then in the panko, making sure to completely coat each piece.
- Place the coated pork on a wire rack over. Do not place on top of each other.
- Heat oil in a skillet or on a griddle.
- Place one piece of pork in hot oil in the skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
- Remove from oil and place on a clean wire rack over a baking pan.
- Toast the buns on the griddle or in the oven.
- Place the full pieces on the toasted buns. Cut apart and serve with toppings of your choice.