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AIP Pork Schnitzel

AIP Pork Schnitzel
This recipe for AIP friendly pork schnitzel is great because it is easy and flavorful but also because it utilizes some fairly inexpensive cuts of meat (pork). Part of a true autoimmune protocol is to limit your meat intake to very high quality meats that you typically need to source out from special farm direct avenues. This can be alarmingly expensive depending on where you live and the availability of farm-to-table options. If you do not have the budget for organic grass fed beef or lamb then pork is a much more cost effective option. In my area I can get organic pork roasts on the bone for very cheap, and I simply butcher them down myself into cutlets, trimming away the bones and excess fat.

While a true schnitzel recipe has non-AIP safe ingredients such as breadcrumbs and eggs, this AIP safe version actually cones surprisingly close to the original. This is mostly due to the high-built texture of coconut flour. When used as a breading it tends to make a thicker breading, and when combined with the starch component you get a nice combination of thicker texture and crunch when you pan fry it. You do not have to flatten it completely, or at all if you don't want to, but a traditional schnitzel is a little thinner than a typical pork chop. Ideally between 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch would make a perfect schnitzel.

* You can use any pork from chops to tenderloin, but I prefer to buy roasts and process them myself to save money. You can use white and lighter meat for schnitzel, but it would be better to eat the white meat the first day. Leftover dark meat schnitzel is a fantastic snack or meal the following day but the white meat ones tend to get too dry as leftovers.

skinless chicken breast
Prep time
5 minutes

Cooking time
20 minutes

Recipe yield
2 to 4 servings

Ingredients needed
2 to 4 pork cutlets (darker meat is better)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil