Smažený řízek, or schnitzel, is not considered a Czech original, as the name suggests; they borrowed this fried masterpiece from the neighboring Germans.
No Czech (or even Slovak) Sunday family gathering is complete without a heaped pile of breaded schnitzel. Thin slices of tender pork or chicken are seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic and then coated with flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs. Once golden brown, řízek sometimes goes into the oven, where it becomes tender and juicy, but this is not mandatory.
Řízek is usually served with another typical Czech potato salad. But don’t be fooled! This salad is no friend of healthy lifestyle maniacs! The potatoes are boiled with the skin on, then cut into fries, mixed with sweet and sour vegetable mix from cans or boiled vegetables and onion. Sounds healthy? Wait for the last ingredient. When the mixture is ready, pour over the largest jar of full-fat mayonnaise, stir well and serve! The rule of thumb in many families is the more mayo, the better the “salad”!