Every fall, me and a couple of friends head to the great outdoors and take to the woods for hunting season. We’re deer hunters, and the thrill of the kill is in our blood. But it is what’s in our bellies that counts.
Our traditional meal the night before the hunt is jaegerschnitzel and kartoffelpfannkuchen… commonly translated, that’s hunter’s schnitzel (or fully translated as hunter’s cutlet) and potato pancakes. Schnitzel is usually breaded and fried, and can be made from veal, pork, beef, or chicken. Jaegerschnitzel is not breaded, but fried and served with a thick brown mushroom sauce… and heilig scheisse it’s good.
- 4 boneless pork cutlets about 3/4 inch thick
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 2 teaspoons of flour
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons of Maggi seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
First, chop the onion into small pieces. Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the 4 schweine cutlets with the onions until the meat is brown and the onions are soft. Now add one of the two cups of beef broth let it simmer for 20 minutes.
Add some mushrooms and keep simmering for 10 more minutes. Add the second cup of beef broth and begin adding the flour to thicken the sauce. You may need a bit more than the mentioned 2 teaspoons- use your discretion to get a good hearty thickness. You may want to use a small strainer or mix the flour in a glass with water first so it won’t clump.
Add the heavy cream and Maggi for seasoning. You can use more Maggi if desired. Let the pork cook for a few minutes longer and then add salt and pepper to taste.
During the meal, why not try out a Bitburger. When you’re done eating, knock back a few from the mysterious dark green bottle with the foreign label on it… Jagermeister. Be sure to drink it cold… the machines that chill it in your local bar get it down to a colder-than-ice 4ºF!
A couple of shots of the “hunt master” and you’re ready to squeeze off a couple of shots of your own come first light. Remember, the ones in orange cammo are your friends.