Classic Comfort: Perfectly Crispy Minced Cutlets


Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with these delightfully crispy minced cutlets. A beloved Polish classic, these savory meat patties are sure to transport you back to your grandmother's kitchen with their irresistible golden crust and juicy, flavorful interior.

Classic Comfort: Perfectly Crispy Minced Cutlets

Preparation Details

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 cutlets

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 560mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Total Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 28g


  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef or ground pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (60g) breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until well incorporated, but be careful not to overmix.
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each into a flat, oval patty, approximately 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch (6 mm) of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Working in batches, carefully add the cutlets to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Transfer the cooked cutlets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve the minced cutlets hot, garnished with lemon wedges for squeezing over the top.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Let the cooked cutlets rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • For extra crispiness, coat the patties in breadcrumbs before frying.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste by adding more or less salt, pepper, or paprika.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I bake these cutlets instead of frying?

A: Yes, you can bake the cutlets at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Q: Can I use a combination of ground beef and pork?

A: Absolutely! Using a mix of ground meats adds depth of flavor and tenderness to the cutlets.

Q: Can I make these cutlets in advance?

A: While best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the cutlets in advance and reheat them in the oven or a skillet until heated through.

Indulge in the comforting flavors of these crispy minced cutlets, a beloved Polish classic that will transport you to cherished family gatherings with each delightful bite. Serve them alongside your favorite sides or simply enjoy them on their own for a satisfying and nostalgic meal.