New Year health kick? The Bavarian is serving naked chicken parmas during January. Picture: Contributed
New Year health kick? The Bavarian is serving naked chicken parmas during January. Picture: Contributed

NAKED: Is a parmy without crumbs still a schnitty?

IT'S not exactly the age-old question, to be or not to be, but here at the Daily Mercury we like to debate the (un)important matters from time to time.
So when the Bavarian Mackay announced it was baring all in the name of healthy eating this January, we felt it was important to ask whether a naked parmigiana can still, in fact, be a schnitzel.

Is a schnitty really a schnitty without the classic golden crumb goodness?

Since Macquarie defines schnitzel as a thin slice of meat, pounded flat and pan-fried, it seems it might technically no longer a schnitty.

But, revered for its delicious schnitzel credentials, The Bavarian is throwing caution to the wind this month.

The new naked chicken parma will be served, somewhat unconventionally, without the classic golden crumb.

Is a crumbless, grilled parmy still a schnitzel?

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The traditional method of dipping chicken or pork in egg, coating in flour, dropping in hot oil and basting until an ultra-crisp crust forms has been replaced with a good intention-inspired, New Year's resolution-charged, grilled chicken breast with parmigiana toppings, served with healthy side dishes.

 

The Bavarian Sunday sessions will offer $20 jugs of summer cocktails. Picture: Contributed
The Bavarian Sunday sessions will offer $20 jugs of summer cocktails. Picture: Contributed

 

The breadcrumb-less, grilled bird is not entirely naked though.

It will be draped in double-smoked ham, drizzled with Napolitana sauce, daubed with mozzarella and served with a healthy green salad and sweet potato fries.

Designed to indulge a schnitzel craving, it remains to be seen whether it will keep healthy intentions on track.

The $27 parma is available at Bavarian Mackay until Sunday, January 31.

During January there will also be an all-you-can-eat meat and cheese board ($25 per person, minimum two diners).

 

90-minute challenge: All-you-can-eat meat and cheese board is available during January. Picture: Contributed
90-minute challenge: All-you-can-eat meat and cheese board is available during January. Picture: Contributed

 

A delightful collection of German cheeses, Prager ham, Schinkenspeck, Lyoner, Berliner, Liverwurst, pretzels, gherkins, Kühne mustard and remoulade will be replenished, when fully consumed, during each 90-minute sitting.

 

The Bavarian Sunday sessions will offer $20 jugs of summer cocktails. Picture: Contributed
The Bavarian Sunday sessions will offer $20 jugs of summer cocktails. Picture: Contributed

 

In drinks news, The Bavarian is stocking the bar with cocktail essentials ready for $20 jugs of its favourite summertime tipples: Strawberry Margarita, Lychee Paradise, Appe-Tini and Elderflower Garden, which are available every Sunday in January.

 

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