Photograph by Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero

Heroes (1977)

Cabbage Schnitzel Hero

Mains from Issue 9 – Summer 2016 – The 1970s

The second in Bowie’s Berlin trio (between Low and Lodger), Heroes takes a deep dive into experimental territory with the help of the high chief of art-rock, Brian Eno. The icy brutalism of Bowie’s new home crept into the lyrics and epic soundscapes erected with Eno on synth, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp ripping on guitar, and, on the title track, producer Tony Visconti banging away on a metal ashtray. What better way to honor Heroes than a hero? New York chef and sandwich genie Tyler Kord chose German favorite (schnitzel), then got weird.

makes 4 huge sandwiches

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 12 Napa cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 4 hero rolls, split in half lengthwise
  • 1 loose cup cilantro, large stems removed
  • 1 loose cup dill, large stems removed
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges for squeezing
  • optional potato chips

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350° F. In a mixing bowl or blender, combine garlic, vinegar, mustard, and 1 tsp salt. While whisking or with blender running, gradually drizzle in oil until dressing is emulsified.

  • 2

    Lay out cabbage on 2 baking pans with the outside of the leaves facing up. (If the leaves are like cups, put them down upside down and push to flatten them a little.)

  • 3

    Brush dressing evenly over leaves, reserving a few Tbsp. Don’t worry if some drips onto the pan. Next, sprinkle the panko in an even layer over each of the leaves. Bake until the crumbs get nicely toasted and the edges of the cabbage crisp and turn brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. If the crumbs aren’t browning, broil for a few seconds to get some color.

  • 4

    Brush rolls with remaining dressing. Place 3 leaves on each roll and top with both herbs. Cut sandwiches in half and serve with, if you’d like, a wall of potato chips between them and lemon wedges, because even heroes like lemons.