During Oktoberfest celebrations in Fredericksburg, and all around the world this month, we’re celebrating schnitzel, a delicious German dish that has made its way far and wide. While it may have started in Austria, it has become a global sensation, finding a home in places as diverse as Sweden, Brazil, France, Italy, Israel, Hungary, Iran, Namibia, Korea, and Mexico. It goes by various names in different countries, with even Mexico playfully calling it “milanesa,” giving a nod to Italy’s cotoletta alla Milanese.
The exact birthdate of schnitzel remains a mystery, much like other beloved foods. However, one thing is certain: the technique of pounding veal, pork, or chicken into thin cutlets, known as schnitzel, has a strong connection to Vienna. The renowned Wiener schnitzel exemplifies this tradition, though its name took a journey of its own, slightly sidetracked by hot dogs.
Making Jaegerschnitzel at our Fredericksburg Cooking School
At our Culinary Adventure Cooking School in Fredericksburg, TX, we’ve been sharing the joy of making jaegerschnitzel with visitors and locals alike. While the reviews of our Fredericksburg cooking classes have been fantastic, some devoted Germans insist on a pure authenticity that even their late grandmother would approve of. Others, with German roots and surnames, grew up enjoying not only schnitzel, sauerkraut, and strudel, but also the flavors of rural Texas and Tex-Mex cuisine.
Just like the diverse heritage of schnitzel, jaegerschnitzel has a mixed origin story. The “jaeger” in its name means “hunter” in German, reflecting its ties to venison and game hunting, particularly in the autumn and winter seasons. The schnitzel recipe, however, draws inspiration from a broader European tradition of hearty dishes, featuring meat stock, mushrooms, tomatoes, and plenty of red wine. This infusion of wine wasn’t just for flavor; it also tenderized the fresh game meat, eliminating any gaminess.
Come Join Our Oktoberfest Celebrations!
This year in Fredericksburg we’re gearing up for some serious Oktoberfest fun and hope you can join in the celebration! Come stop by Das Peach Haus to shop a variety of Fischer and Wieser specialty food products, or join us for one of our many Fredericksburg events happening in October!
Hope to see you in Fredericksburg!
The Fischer & Wieser Family
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