I love an amazing pork schnitzel sandwich as much as the next person. I also love making creative sandwiches. So I experimented with this for a bit and landed on the recipe I'm sharing with you now. It's crispy, cheesy, savory, it's got the pickled red onions going on, arugula, melty swiss, and most importantly: incredible bread.
High Quality Bread: The Cornerstone of This Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
If you live near Boston, you've got to get to Iggy's Bread of the World in Cambridge. Whenever I'm making my pork schnitzel sandwich, I load up on all my favorites. Rosemary foccacia roll, onion foccacia roll, French bread roll, ciabatta roll. I plan my trip there for when they put out their pizza at 11 a.m. In addition to amazing bread - they make incredible pizza. They put out a few sheet pans at 11 a.m. each day. And that's it. It is what it is. They have what they have and the flavors change every day. Get there early because it goes fast and you want to get it while it's hot.
The Anatomy of My Pork Schnitzel Sandwich
There are several components involved in making an amazing pork schnitzel sandwich, but don't let that deter you. The marinade. The pickled red onions. The savory caper spread. The schnitzel. Luckily, you can make things ahead depending on your preference.
The pork needs to marinate overnight, and you can make the pickled red onions at the same time and stick those in the fridge too. Or you can make the pickled red onions a few days earlier - whatever works for you. Same with the caper-sage-dijon spread. You could make it a day or two before or the day of. Each component adds a unique layer of flavor to the sandwich, and you will get the best result if you don't skip any.
Bobby Flay's Pickled Red Onions are a must for this
Have you ever watched Beat Bobby Flay? One thing Bobby commonly does is pickle some red onions. I like how he uses red wine vinegar and grenadine, but I could never find that recipe anywhere. Well, it's in his 2019 cookbook called Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen and this is the pickled red onion recipe I chose for this sandwich. To. Die. For.
In addition to the crunch of the schnitzel, the toasted rosemary foccacia roll from Iggy's and the other kind of crunch from the pickled red onions - there's a lot going on... in the best possible way. The melty Swiss cheese and peppery arugula add a nice balance to the crunchy texture.
Gourmet Sandwiches Deserve Gourmet Condiments
I made a savory dijon caper spread for this sandwich and I'm pretty sure it didn't exist in the world prior to this recipe. It's really delicious and unique and in this version, I added some toasted pine nuts at the end. This took my caper spread to a whole other level. I had them on hand from a goat cheese and pine nut salad I made and couldn't resist the experiment. My savory dijon caper spread will now always contain toasted pine nuts. It was a delicious spread before, but the toasted pine nuts are a game changer.
This is a great sandwich and could really be enjoyed for lunch, brunch or dinner. It's a little extra work but worth every bite.
So go forth and cook for yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy your time in the kitchen. Share your meals and your stories around a plate of delicious food. Pass on the tradition of enjoying meals together. It's an important part of our culture.
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