The saying goes, “Texas, It’s a Whole Other Country”. One visit to Fredericksburg will confirm that slogan. Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-1800s. Taking great pride in their town’s culture, the people of Fredericksburg have given preservation of the town’s history and German culture a high priority.
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Fredericksburg, Texas: Get your German On!
We were visiting Fredericksburg as part of our Texas barbecue road trip, but who eats barbecue in Fredericksburg? When in the hill country, you have to have at least one or two meals of German food, especially if your hubby was stationed in Germany for three years!
Our first afternoon in town, we ate at the Der Lindenbaum restaurant which is right in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg on Main Street. We went inside just at the right time. Even though their hours say 11 am- 10 pm, they closed mid-afternoon every day we were in Fredericksburg. The service was brisk and extremely friendly, but not over-the-top intrusive. I tried jagerschnitzel for the first time. The name scared me because it sounded like some kind of nasal infection. Island Boy (Joe) assured me that I would like it, and he was right. I became an instant fan (more on that later). Who wouldn’t love breaded pork steaks covered in mushroom gravy!
That evening, we stopped in the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. The appetizers and drinks were good, but the atmosphere was a little off. There wasn’t any house music, but coming from the kitchen was blaring a radio with a blaring Mexican singer. It just didn’t mesh together with the German restaurant. Joe said it could be a new type of fusion restaurant–Ger-mex. After a couple of beers, it didn’t seem to matter anyway.
On our final evening in Fredericksburg, we ventured down to the Rathskeller Restaurant on Main Street, it was a little more difficult to find than some other places. It is located below the street level and kind of has a “cellar-feel” to it. I just had to try the jagerschnitzel again. Even though I liked my first taste at Der Lindenbaum a little better, it was still delicious!
Jagerschnitzel at Home
When we got back home from our Texas road trip, I wanted to see if Joe (the Island Boy cook) could recreate the yummy jagerschnitzel we had eaten on the road.
1 cup bread crumbs
1 Tb. all-purpose flour
salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
4 pork pounded pork steaks
1 beaten egg
1 diced medium onion
1 (8 oz.) can of sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups water
1 beef bouillon cube
1 Tb. cornstarch
1/2 cup sour cream
- In a shallow dish, mix together the bread crumbs and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the egg in a separate dish.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Dip the pork steaks in egg, then coat with the bread crumb mixture.
- Fry in the skillet until browned on both sides and cooked through (about 5 minutes per side).
- Remove the pork and keep warm.
- Add onion and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until lightly browned.
- Pour in water and dissolve the bouillon cube.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Stir together the cornstarch and sour cream and mix with skillet ingredients.
- Cook over low heat until thickened but not to boiling.
- Spoon over the fried pork steaks and enjoy!
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