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Řízek (schnitzel) is a typical Austrian dish, which can easily be attributed to the Czech cuisine as well. It is a thin, breaded and fried cutlet of veal, pork or chicken. In the Czech Republic the dish, known as smažený řízek or just řízek, is traditionally served with boiled or mashed potatoes, potato salad or as a simple bread-n-schnitzel sandwich. They can also be consumed cold as a snack. During the communist period imitations of schnitzels were produced by blending meat and cheese. The basic form of imitation was prepared only with cheese and was called a smažak.

Variants of this dish are common around the world. In Austria the dish, called Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese Schnitzel), is traditionally garnished with a lemon slice, Sardine filet, capers and either potato salad or potatoes with parsley and butter.

In Sweden, the dish is called Schnitzel or Wienerschnitzel. It is made of pork or veal and is usually decorated with a caper-filled circle of either genuine anchovies or the Swedish "fake" ansjovis (made of brine cured sprats).

In Italy, cotoletta alla milanese is very similar to Wiener Schnitzel - but it's a cutlet instead of an escalope, and traditionally cooked with its rib. In Russia, the dish is called "отбивная" (which literally means a piece [of meat] which has been beaten).

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