Golden, crunchy stuffed beef schnitzel oozing with ham and cheese…mmm. Cauliflower cheese mash is the perfect pairing.
I’ve used fresh breadcrumbs as I think they give the nicest texture and flavour, but you could use panko breadcrumbs if you prefer.
Pureeing, mashing or ricing cauliflower somehow turns it into a much nicer vegetable! Do you agree? This mash is the perfect addition to the schnitzel as it’s softer and creamier than mashed potato, eliminating the need for a sauce or gravy.
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Golden, crunchy beef schnitzel stuffed with ham and oozing with cheese…mmm. Cauliflower cheese mash is the perfect pairing, and much nicer than eating whole cauliflower!
Process bread in a food processor or blender to form breadcrumbs. Place on a large plate. Spread flour out on another large plate and mix in paprika, salt and pepper. Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl.
Make sure schnitzel is no thicker than 3mm. Pound with a mallet or rolling pin to flatten, if needed. Lay schnitzel out flat and place ¼ of the cheese and ham on one half. Fold the other half of the schnitzel over the top. Dip stuffed schnitzel into flour mixture, covering both sides, then into egg mixture (again, covering all sides) and lastly into breadcrumbs, to coat completely. Place on a clean plate. Repeat with remaining schnitzel.
Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F) bake. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Carefully place two schnitzels into the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes each side, until golden brown. Place schnitzel on an oven rack set over an oven tray. Repeat with remaining schnitzels, then place in oven to keep warm and finish cooking while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Wash cauliflower and cut into florets. Place in a large saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook for 12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain well, add butter and sour cream and roughly mash. Use a stick blender, regular blender or food processor to puree until almost smooth. Stir in cheese and return to heat to melt. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Thinly slice cucumber and radishes and slice tomato into wedges. Place in a salad bowl with the rocket. Whisk together oil, vinegar, sour cream, mustard and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve schnitzel on top of mash with salad on the side. Drizzle salad with dressing.
WINE MATCH: Go for a Pinot Noir.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Replace the bread with gluten-free panko breadcrumbs and flour with plain gluten-free flour. Make sure ham is gluten-free.
INGREDIENT SWAPS: You could use chicken schnitzel instead of beef, and spinach instead of ham. If you don’t want to use fresh bread, you can replace with panko breadcrumbs.
STORING AND REHEATING: Keep components separate. Schnitzel is best reheated in the oven, frying pan or toasted sandwich press, to keep it nice and crunchy. Cauliflower mash can be reheated in the microwave.