Skillet Gypsy Schnitzel Dinner

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Delicious skillet Gypsy schnitzel dinner is a German dish of pork, veal or chicken cutlets loaded with flavor, paired with onions and fresh peppers, smothered in a creamy sauce and is sure to be a huge hit!

Gipsy schnitzel skillet dinner with text overlay

 

 

Summers tend to be super busy for us, and I get skillet crazy. One-pan easy recipes are my weekday daily routine. Whether making breakfast or dinner, who doesn’t like dirtying only one dish?

 

That’s why I converted this traditionally oven-baked dish into a skillet dinner. Germans also bread the meat before combining it with the sauce, but that tends to leave the breading soggy and who wants that?

 

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The store-bought Gypsy sauce made the prepping of the dish easier, but it isn’t available here in the States. Fortunately, you can use fresh [and better for you] ingredients and get the same flavor result.

 

Since I lived there, they have banned the [politically incorrect] name of the dish and changed it from Zigeuner (Gypsy) to Balkanschnitzel or Paprikaschnitzel instead.

 

With no disrespect to the Romani people, I kept its original name for nostalgic reasons. Now let’s get cooking!

 

Overhead photo of the skillet with Gypsy schnitzel

 

WHAT’S IN THIS GYPSY SCHNITZEL DISH?

 

  • Meat – Pork, veal or chicken cutlets (take your pick)
  • Aromatics – onions and garlic
  • Vegetables – bell peppers (red, yellow, and orange)
  • Broth – vegetable or chicken
  • Heavy cream – you can use half and half
  • Herbs – oregano and thyme
  • Spices – chili and black pepper
  • Seasoning – salt
  • Diced tomatoes – we like Pomi (not an affiliate)
  • Gouda cheese – use mozzarella if you must

 

Ingredients for German Gipsy schnitzel dinner

 

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH GIPSY SCHNITZEL?

 

They are excellent with some crusty bread to soak up all the sauce, but also over mashed potatoes, pasta or rice.

 

WHAT TYPE OF MEAT IS BEST FOR SCHNITZEL DINNER?

 

You want a part of the meat that is not too thin and not too thick either. Veal and pork cutlets or boneless pork chops work well for this recipe. If you’re using chicken breast fillets, ask your butcher to butterfly them if they’re too big.

 

Closeup shot of the skillet with German schnitzel and a wooden spoon

 

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE SKILLET GIPSY SCHNITZEL DINNER:

 

*A detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

 

  1. Prep your ingredients – rinse and pat-dry the cutlets, slice onions and peppers, mince the garlic, and grate the cheese.
  2. Sear the meat – cook the meat over medium-high heat on both sides until browned but not cooked through. Remove from the skillet.
  3. Cook the vegetables – sauté the onions, garlic, and peppers with oregano and chili.
  4. Combine all the ingredients – deglaze the pan with broth and cream, add diced tomatoes, thyme, and cutlets. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender and then sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy!

 

Steps to making skillet Gypsy cutlets

 

PRO TIPS/RECIPE NOTES:

 

  • When cooking in a cast-iron skillet, it’s always a good idea to heat the skillet first, then add oil and other ingredients. It performs best when heated and cooled gradually. 
  • Once you put the meat in the skillet, don’t fuss with it. It needs a couple of minutes to properly sear and lock in all that yummy flavor. Turn it only when it gets a white border all around, about 1/4 to 1/2 – inch wide [see the first picture in the process photo]. You can also shake the pan and if the meat is no longer sticking, it’s ready to be turned.
  • Make sure your skillet has a fitting lid. The meat will cook faster.
  • This dish can take the spiciness. If your family likes spicy foods, add hot pepper to your liking or more of the chili powder. 
  • Serve this skillet Gipsy schnitzel dinner over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice for the ultimate comfort. 

 

Delicious one-pan dinner of pork cutlets in tomato and cream sauce with peppers

 

MORE DELICIOUS ONE-DISH MEALS:

 

SWISS ALPINE SKILLET MAC AND CHEESE

COLOMBIAN PORK AND SAUSAGE RISOTTO

MINCED MEAT AND POACHED EGGS

STOVETOP SPANISH PASTA FRITTATA

ONE-PAN BOBOTIE CASSEROLE

ONE-POT CHICKEN RICE DINNER

 

 

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Horizontal photo of the one-skillet Gypsy schnitzel dinner
Print Recipe

Skillet Gypsy Schnitzel Dinner

Flavorful Gypsy schnitzel with onions, garlic, peppers, and herbs in a tomato and cream based delicious sauce your whole family will love.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Servings: 4
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 thick pork schnitzel cutlets or boneless pork chops
  • 3 colorful bell peppers cut into strips
  • 1 large onion sliced in half-moons
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 10 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Gouda cheese grated
  • A few twigs of fresh thyme optional

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add four schnitzel and sear them about 5 minutes per side (see recipe tips). Remove the schnitzel to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour remaining two tablespoons of oil to the same skillet. Add sliced onion, three peppers cut in strips, two minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and a teaspoon of chili powder. Sauté until the vegetables start to soften, about 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Deglaze the skillet with 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and one cup of cream. Stir in 10 oz. of diced tomatoes, a few twigs of fresh thyme if using, and seared cutlets; bring everything to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 30-45 minutes (depending on the schnitzel thickness). Sprinkle with 4 oz. shredded Gouda cheese and turn the heat off. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if you wish.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • When cooking in a cast iron skillet, it's always a good idea to heat the skillet first, then add oil and other ingredients. It performs best when heated and cooled gradually. 
  • Once you put the meat in the skillet, don't fuss with it. It needs a couple of minutes to properly sear and lock in all that yummy flavor. Turn it only when it gets a white border all around, about 1/4 to 1/2 - inch wide [see the first picture in the process photo]. You can also shake the pan and if the meat is no longer sticking, it's ready to be turned.
  • Make sure your skillet has a fitting lid. The meat will cook faster.
  • This dish can take the spiciness. If your family likes spicy foods, add hot pepper to your liking or more of the chili powder. 
  • Serve this skillet Gipsy schnitzel dinner over mashed potatoes, noodles or rice for the ultimate comfort. 
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Gypsy Schnitzel Dinner
Amount Per Serving
Calories 657 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 202mg67%
Sodium 458mg19%
Potassium 969mg28%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 4120IU82%
Vitamin C 123.4mg150%
Calcium 285mg29%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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28 Comment

  1. Reply
    Alexandra Shunk
    July 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    This skillet Gypsy schnitzel looks absolutely amazing!! My hubby loves ‘sopping’ up anything and everything with bread so this dish is screaming his name! I know I’d love it too because of how easy it is and jam packed with flavor! Thanks for another inspiring dish!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      My husband thinks this dish is “manly” [as opposed to what? ‍♀️] and he couldn’t get enough of it. It’ll be often on our dinner menu, that’s for sure.

  2. Reply
    Chelsey
    July 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Skillet dinners are the best for quick and easy weeknight dinners! Love this unique German version of a skillet meal. The sauce sounds delicious and I’m always a fan of adding fresh thyme and Gouda!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      So pleased you like it, Chelsey! It is packed with great flavors. Have a super week! xx

  3. Reply
    supergolden17@gmail.com
    July 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I like your idea of adding a little spiciness to this dish too. It’s a great recipe.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks! I like a little kick to my foods and dishes that you can easily adjust to your taste.

  4. Reply
    Jamie
    July 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    This looks so tasty and filling! I need to make this for my dinner this week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      I hope you do, Jamie! You won’t regret it. 🙂

  5. Reply
    Kim | Give it Some Thyme
    July 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Love this saucy skillet recipe Jas! Using my cast iron skillet is one of my most favorite ways to cook. Love the German flare of this dish and all that flavor! Already pinned!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      I use mine 9 out of 10 times too. 🙂 Hope your week is off to a great start, Kim!

  6. Reply
    Annissa
    July 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    What a quick and easy dinner recipe that looks deliciously mouthwatering! Yum!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you, Annissa!

  7. Reply
    The Anthony Kitchen
    July 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    This skillet gypsy schnitzel looks like the perfect comfort meal. I’m loving that it is prepared in one dish, perfect for busy days.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      One pan meals are the perfect solution for busy days. Thanks for stopping in!

  8. Reply
    Cookilicious
    July 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Wow..world cuisine blows my mind away..love the flavors here

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 9, 2019 at 8:05 pm

      Many thanks! Glad you enjoy it. 🙂

  9. Reply
    Chris Collins
    July 13, 2019 at 8:12 am

    This looks so delicious! Gouda is my fave cheese, so can’t wait to try this 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 13, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Thank you, Chris! I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  10. Reply
    Demeter
    July 13, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Wow, this sounds so flavorful! Thanks for giving us living in the States a chance to try it.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 13, 2019 at 11:40 am

      You’re welcome, Demeter! Thanks for stopping in. xx

  11. Reply
    Julia
    July 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

    What a delicious looking dinner! Your photos are beautiful, Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Julia! Means a lot. Hugs!

  12. Reply
    Kate
    July 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try this ASAP, thanks for the recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 13, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Happy you like it, Kate! 😀

  13. Reply
    2pots2cook
    July 17, 2019 at 7:59 am

    OMG ! After this one I could start gypsy dance ! Absolutely beautiful !

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 17, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Hahaha! Thanks for the giggle, Davorka! Hugs

  14. Reply
    acraftymix
    August 11, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Well there goes the diet. This looks and sound incredible Jas and not too difficult either. Plus it’s gypsy food which makes my soul do a happy dance

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      Haha, I’m glad you like it, my friend! Thanks!!!

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