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Joe Ruesewald – Bacon Schnitzel

I have prepared my very own bastardization (glorification) of my grandma’s schnitzel.

I present to you:

Bacon Schnitzel!


1) Thick cut bacon
2) Bread crumbs
3) Egg
4) Cornstarch (yeah a little sweetness to the salty)
5) Grandma’s schnitzel seasoning blend (she might kill me if i share, but i will submit if required)

1) Flour
2) Milk
3) Drippings
4) Dash of Lemon (its schnitzel, not country fried bacon)

This is a mighty powerful bacon experience here.  You have pan fried, thick cut, smoky bacon, breaded and then re-pan fried in its own beauty, which is topped with a light gravy made the remaining bacon love.

Normally this would be served with a bacon spinach salad and some bacon spaetzel, but alas we are limited to 1 dish.  So I chose the main treat.  Many have scoffed at my audacity, all have had seconds.

I would very much love the chance to share this dish with the world.  Please choose me as one of the finalists for the amateur cookoff.


Tonight I decided to create another batch of my bacon schnitzel due to popular demand from my friends and coworkers.  I plated it with some bacon spaetzle and sauerkraut.  It was all washed down with some my own home-brewed dunkelweizen.  There was not a single crumble of bacon remaining this time either.

Categories: Blog, Chicago Blog

40 Responses so far.

  1. prime says:

    OMG Bacon Paradise. Seriously I’m not sure there is a more succulent way to enjoy Bacon. Also, tenacious d would approve.

  2. Hydro says:

    Being pure bred German, I feel it’s my duty and honor to fully endorse this delicacy. We take pride in our schnizle as it’s the souce of our ambition and strength of will.

  3. don says:

    that looks deeeelicious.

  4. lizard says:

    How do you improve on the perfection that is a crispy-fried piece of thick-cut bacon? Fry it…again! Sheer genius. Two classics with a delicious twist, can’t wait to try it.

  5. Pete says:

    Sounds seriously epic.

  6. nibbler says:

    mmmm….the breading is perfect, and the bacon is nice and thick and crisp…i want more for dinner!

  7. ixD9 says:

    I want that in and around my face.

  8. Kim says:

    You had me at “bastardization” and sealed the deal with “remaining bacon love.”

  9. Baconfool says:

    This is wonderful! It combines my 3 favorite things in food; bacon, breading and gravy. What could be better?

  10. LGB says:

    Yummmm. I keep a mug of bacon grease in my fridge at all times, and it is recipes like this one that make me realize why.

  11. Donkey-Tron 5000 says:

    Dear Santa,

    I know it’s a little early to be asking for stuff, but …. I really just want a double helping of this crazy breaded bacon with gravy. If I get it, I promise not to be my usual weird/inappropriate self for the rest of the year.



    In all seriousness, I just made this as a quick afternoon snack for me and my wife, and it was unbelievably good. We unfortunately didn’t have any of grandma’s secret schnitzel seasoning, so I just added some garlic powder with a little cayenne pepper. Without being overly enthusiastic, I think I may have just found my new annual birthday dinner meal. I love it enough to eat it much more often, but I think my arteries may only stand for it once a year…

  12. Joe R says:

    Thank you to everyone for the nice comments.

    If anyone has any questions about anything please feel free to ask away.

    Joe R

  13. Jennifer Rorick says:

    Looks amazing Joe! I think your Grandmother would still be proud! Bacon battered with gravy, come on, it is the triple threat!

  14. liz says:

    Umm…. I don’t even eat bacon and this intrigues me.

  15. Mike Rueseewald says:

    A wonderful recipe Joe! I especially like the adaption of the red eye gravy. For a side, your Grandmother Mary would serve this with square home made egg noodles.

  16. Joe R. says:

    Send me the recipe for her egg noodles. I will make it with bacon crumbled into the noodles. This could be the perfect side dish!!!

  17. bacon::bacon::bacon says:

    The only way this recipe could be improved is if it were in my belly.

  18. Suzy says:

    looks amazing!!!!!!! guys, don’t forget to vote for joe so he can move on! I want a taste of this!!

  19. Andrea says:

    This recipe should go straight to the food network. It gets an A+ for originality and presentation.

  20. Darlene says:

    This looks awesome! Perhaps we will be able to taste it at Camp VV (along with the egg noodles, of course)!!

  21. melovesbacon says:

    This sounds amazing… I’m drooling at my desk

  22. baconbaconbacon says:

    major drool. Must. Try. At. Home.

  23. Kerry says:

    Yummy! I could really sink my teeth into this!

  24. Sue Wallace says:

    This looks very yummy! You’ve made a very nice presentation and I hope you win the grand prize!

  25. OnyX says:

    When i first come to America, my english did cause me problems. In Soviet Russia i was strong teacher, my english i know is the best in all of Petropavlovsk. My brother, Mikhail, he say to me, “Nikolai you go to America, they make you rich like czar, take many woman as lover, kill many bear”. My brother, he is very wise, is greatest toymaker in all of Russia. So next day i wake up, sell my house, say goodbye to wife and childeren, and go to America to become millionaire. Then, in America, I go to job interview and they say to me “Nikolai, you are not for the job here, you are not the skills we need, your english is poor like child”. I take that man and smash his table, i say “someday i will be greatest man in all of country, your children will wish me their father!”. That day my anger is best of me. It is then i know i must learn better english. Then I meet Joe Rusewald, he teach me english from the television. Now i am perfect english grammer! I write letter to Mikhail, he write back “Nikolai, your english is like a god, you will be millionaire soon! all of Petropavlovsk is proud for you! good luck brother! please send letter when you are president or maybe even czar! Hahahaha! also, your wife is killed by bear”. So i say thanks to Joe. When i am czar your family will be spared! Hahahahahaa! (is joke).

  26. Joe S. says:

    This sounds delicious,very creative recipe.
    Let’s sell it commercially and make Millions$$$$$$

  27. clay says:

    I was reading this, getting ever more excited. But finally the tears were flowing. This is too much too good and I can’t quite get through it.

  28. Erin says:

    Abe Froman better move over, there’s a new king in town. Joe Ruesewald – The Bacon King of Chicago.

  29. Karina says:

    Looks amazing!! Love the lemon in the gravy!!

  30. Jo Ann says:

    I’ve got a fat pig in the poke named Joshua that we’re going to process soon. When Joshie’s in the pan, he’s gonna be bacon schnitzel covered with all that gravy. Mmmmmm…..

  31. Linda Peavy says:

    Joe, love the new pics,,,,,
    I hope to talk you into sharing the ‘secret’ recipe for the Schnitzel coating.

  32. paxcincinnatus says:

    Of all the featured recipes, this by far looks the most appealing.

    And a dunkelweizen? Oy vey!

  33. mom in law says:

    Might we get to enjoy that some weekend????? You are my favorite son in law……….

  34. Dawn says:

    Sounds yummy would love to try it good luck!

  35. Vlas says:

    Mmmmm beautiful breaded bacon

  36. Bridgette says:

    I’m wet

  37. Corey Cannon says:

    I don’t even eat meat and this looks delicious!

  38. Marla says:

    I request you make me leftovers of this into an omelet….what there are no leftovers?!?!?!

    I’m glad you were able to apply your amazing gravy making abilities to yet another one of your loves, Bacon.

  39. Mike Rueseewald says:

    I’m making some this weekend and I’m going to reread all the fun comments while I savor this treat

  40. The Dave says:

    The only thing that can make bacon more better, is if you add breading and gravy. It’s almost like country fried bacon! I wanna put it in my mouth!!