From James to Jamie

Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce


Do you have a special tradition in your household during the Christmas season? Possibly something that’s somewhat unique to you and your family?

In my family, the big tradition is to have crab chowder on Christmas Eve. We eat it alongside many other tasty treats (like my mom’s Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts), but somehow it’s the one thing that screams “Christmas”. Like, if we didn’t have chicken wings or spinach dip or brie baked with apples – all super delicious and favourites of mine – it would totally suck, but it would still feel like Christmas regardless. If we didn’t have crab chowder, though, I just don’t think I could manage.

So maybe I’m being a little overdramatic, but there are certain things that just make the holiday season what it is. That being said, Christmas traditions seem to be a very fluid thing, changing over time as new family members are brought into the fold, along with their own ideas of what Christmas means to them.

My wife, bless her soul, brought to my family a very tasty tradition of her own, which I’m very happy to embrace: eating chicken schnitzel and potato salad. Now, I haven’t attempted to make a potato salad worthy of serving her over the holidays (which is okay because she does a good job of making both schnitzel and potato salad herself), but I’ll definitely be breaking out this recipe so there’s one less dish she needs to make to celebrate Christmas the way she grew up doing it.

Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce


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Serves 5-6