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Cutletten Sandwiches

I make these sandwiches when I have leftover "Cutletten".
My precious Mother in Law always fried hers in a pan using only a tablespoon or 2 of oil and she would occasionally coat them with bread crumbs before frying them. Any way you make them, they are a treat and there are usually enough leftover to make this delicious sandwich the next day.
  • Leftover "Cutletten"
  • 1/2 of a medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 red or yellow pepper cut into strips
  • 1/4 green pepper cut into strips
  • grated cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese or a mixture
  • bread slices
  • butter, BBQ sauce and mayonaise ( if desired)
  1. Saute' onion and peppers in a pan until they lose their crunch.
  2. Place bread slices on a pan and toast lightly in the oven.
  3. Turn the slices over and spread other side with butter, mayo (if desired) and BBQ sauce.
  4. Cut leftover Cutletten in half and lay flat sides on bread. (I often fry the meat lightly to warm it before putting it on the bread)
  5. Top with saute'ed vegetables and grated cheese.
  6. Broil, watching closely until cheese melts.
  7. Serve open faced with Bread and Butter pickles.


  1. Kutletten sounded vaguely familiar from my childhood but couldn't totally place it. Had an idea and I was on the right track. We knew this them as klups. Thanks for the memories.

  2. what a great idea to use leftovers

  3. I love all your recipes and they always work so well.
    I was born and raised in Arizona so I have not heard of Cutletten. Can you please let me know what that is? It looks yummy!
    Thank you,

  4. Rujtanne...Cutletten/Kotletten are tasty little deep-fried meatballs. I think the Mennonites added grated potatoes and soaked bread to the ground beef to make it also makes them a little lighter.

    Bev...I look forward to trying your version of cutletten sandwiches. My favorite lunchbox sandwiches in my growing up years were cold cutletten sandwiches with mustard and mayo.

  5. We called them Klups too when I was growing up. I imagine this was the low german translation.
    I have posted a link to Judy's Kotletten . .so everyone can just zip back and forth.
    This sandwich looks really good. I'll make the kotletten/klups just to have the sandwich.

  6. We always used the term 'klups' for these meatballs but I am familiar with the term 'kotletten' because our neighbours used this term.
    Bev..a great way of serving them! They are delicious both hot or cold.

  7. The meatballs are so similar to a Romanian version called "chiftelute"...My mom used to make them for us while growing up. She later started using ground chicken to lighten them a bit. I still like to make them every so often. I love the idea of making this sandwich with them....delicious!

  8. Yup - both words work ... my family called them Klopse and my husbands side called them Ketlette... same large deep fried meatballs. My Mom added raw grated potato, softened stale bread and grated onion to ground beef. It was a quick supper with fried potaotes and a salad.
    I've had cold sandwiches, but never these hot ones... almost like a burger idea?

  9. I always grew up with klups too! Good memories from that. But this week we had roast beef. So I made this sandwich recipe with the left over roast! Wow! That was a good lunch! My boys had a 7am volleyball practice before school. I knew that by noon they would be "starving". So this big sandwich filled those empty stomachs!


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