A lot of people are familiar with wiener schnitzel mostly as a punchline, not an actual food. Those people got a lesson in Austrian cuisine Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) when chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban from the New York City restaurant Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar showed up to cook one of their favorite dishes.
"It's a very authentic rustic cuisine," said Frauneder. "It's very hearty, it's very soulful." It's also made with a center cut of heritage pork, not, as some might assume, with wiener sausage (a term that made the 'Today' crew giggle off-camera).
The recipe was fairly simple, including a breading of egg, flour, and breadcrumbs, plus seltzer water, oil, and some salt and lemon for seasoning. It's cooked quickly in hot oil (375 degrees), and moved around as it fries to make the soufflé crust. And since you've been waiting three paragraphs, here's the pun -- Frauneder made it look easy to soufflé your wiener.