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National Wiener Schnitzel Day

National Wiener Schnitzel Day September 9


National Wiener Schnitzel Day is observed annually on September 9. A traditional Austrian dish, Wiener Schnitzel is made with veal.

A law in Austria requires this dish to made strictly with veal. Wiener Schnitzel is made by tenderizing a thin slice of veal which is then lightly salted and breaded.  It is then deep-fried in clarified butter.  The term “Wiener Schnitzel” was first used in the early 1830s, though similar recipes appear earlier.

Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally served with lettuce salad, cucumber salad, or potato salad. Some people serve it with parsley potatoes. A slice of lemon may also be served with the schnitzel. Rice, roasted or mashed potatoes and French fries have also become popular side dishes to Wiener Schnitzel lately.

Variations of the dish exist in many cultures throughout the world including making it with pork rather than the traditional veal.


Go out for dinner and eat Wiener Schnitzel. Post photos on social media using #wienerschnitzelday.


Within our research, we were unable to find the origins of this food holiday.

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