The Food of Israel - HOLY TRINITY
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During our time in Israel, we had the opportunity to try some incredible, authentic Middle Eastern foods. We had some interesting meals—to say the least—that were yummy, yet not necessarily food that I’d ask for again, such as the grape leaf wraps. However, most of the food was delicious! My personal diet consisted of a lot of pita bread and hummus! Our breakfasts were usually kosher and dairy based, while our dinners consisted mostly of meat—usually chicken or lamb. At every single meal though, there was an ample supply of bread and rolls!

 

Chicken Schnitzel—one of my favorite meals—is a very common Israeli meal, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed while I was there. To be quite honest, I am a fairly picky meat eater; however, schnitzel was not a meal that I had to wonder if I would enjoy. It differs from the fried or baked chicken that I usually eat, but it is similar to the Chick-Fil-A chicken which I have not had opportunity to enjoy due to the current pandemic. Schnitzel was originally a German meal of deep-fried and breaded veal. However, the Jews later borrowed the idea and it is now one of the most common, simple, kid-friendly, and delicious meals to be eaten in Israel.
 
Here is a copy of the recipe. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

 

 

 
 
Submitted by Elizabeth Mayo, “Class of 2020”
 
 
 
 
 

Kosher Israeli Chicken Schnitzel

 

 
Ready in 26 minutes

Prep in 10 minutes

Cook in 16 minutes

Serves 2 to 4 people

 

Ingredients
  • 2 whole chicken breasts (skinned, boned and halved)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Paprika (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Parsley (to taste)
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons of oil for frying

 

Preparation
  • Gather ingredients
  • Put flour in a shallow bowl
  • Beat eggs in a second shallow bowl.
  • Mix bread crumbs with spices in a third shallow bowl.
  • Beat chicken breasts to flatten.
  • Dip chicken in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Then dip in eggs, shaking off excess.
  • Then dip in seasoned crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Fry chicken in hot oil on both sides.
  • Fry for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!

 

Tips
  1. Pound the chicken breasts so they are no more than 1/4 inch thick. To pound, place a slice of chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and beat with a flat meat pounder or rolling pin.
  2. The key to good schnitzel is knowing just how long to fry. You can poke the schnitzel in the middle with a knife to make sure the meat is white (not pink). The schnitzel should be moist, not dry, so be careful not to overcook it.
  3. Freshly fried schnitzel tastes best, so fry them just before serving if possible.