Kielbasa Schnitzel: A traditional German recipe rich in nostalgia
The word "schnitzel" is in the basic vocabulary of every German citizen. Everyone's heard of "Jägerschnitzel," but they might not have tried the East German variation, beloved by many in the former East Germany. This regional dish consists of breaded kielbasa, tomato sauce and pasta and is still popular today thanks to what Germans call "Ostalgia."
You'll need (for 2 people):
For the Kielbasa Schnitzel:
- 4 slices kielbasa
- beaten egg
- oil for frying
For the sauce:
- ½ cup butter
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp flour
- 5 fl oz water
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 pinch sugar
- salt and pepper
- 8.8 oz pasta spirals
Cut four slices from the kielbasa, each a little under half an inch thick. Coat them in flour, then dip them in egg and finally cover them in breadcrumbs.
Fry them in a pan with hot oil until they're golden brown on both sides.
To prepare the sauce, melt the butter in a pan and add the tomato paste. When they're evenly mixed together, add the flour while stirring continuously.
Continue stirring while adding the water and the ketchup. Next, season the sauce with sugar, salt and pepper.
Cook the pasta while you're making the sauce. When it's all done, serve up your Kielbasa Schnitzel with the pasta and sauce on the side.
And there you have it! A slice of East German (n)ostalgia that's definitely warm and filling on those colder days. Be a tastebud tourist and give it a try!