Monday, February 6, 2012

Pork Cutlets with Avocado Nectarine Salsa.

This recipe is a definite keeper. I (thought I) made more than enough for dinner tonight, foolishly believing I would have leftovers.  My swimmers came home from practice and literally ate every bite - of every dish - that I served.  I’ll take it as a compliment, though I now need to figure out what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!

The pork cutlets are a little fussy to prep, but cook quickly and evenly.  Three dipping/dredging bowls ensure good coverage & flavor: flour sticks to the meat and gives the liquid in the egg something to hold to; the egg provides a sticky base for the breadcrumbs; the breadcrumbs & seasonings give the cooked pork a crispy and flavorful outside.  Well worth the fuss in preparation!  Make the salsa first, prep the dredging bowls, and then cook the pork.  And the beauty of this recipe is that you can change the seasonings and the salsa to match your tastes - completely versatile!

Avocado Nectarine Salsa
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 nectarine, diced
  • 1 T chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • juice of 1/4 lemon

Mix avocado, nectarine, cilantro, & onion together in a bowl.  Squeeze lemon juice over all and gently toss.  Set aside.

Pork Cutlets
  • 4 boneless pork chops

Bowl 1
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground sea salt

Bowl 2
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c water

Bowl 3
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 T olive oil

Prepare three shallow bowls for dipping pork.  In Bowl 1, mix together flour, pepper & salt.  In Bowl 2, lightly beat egg and mix with water.  In Bowl 3, mix panko, breadcrumbs, pepper, salt, oregano, and garlic powder.  Set all three aside.

Trim all visible fat from pork and cut each chop in half.  Using a meat tenderizing mallet, pound each piece pork between two pieces of plastic wrap to an even 1/4 inch thickness.

Prepare pork for cooking in three steps: 1) dip in flour mixture, coating on all sides; 2) dip in egg mixture, allowing excess liquid to drip off; 3) dip in breadcrumbs, pressing mixture in all over pork.  Repeat for all pieces of pork.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Cook pork 3 minutes on each side, turning once.  If pork is cooked in more than one batch, you may want to wipe crumbs out of the pan and add a bit more oil.

Serve with salsa.

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