Recipe Details

Midwestern Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

1 pound boneless pork loin, OR boneless pork chops
1 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 large sandwich buns

Cooking Directions


Preparation:

Cut 4 1-inch slices of pork. Trim any exterior fat from edges and butterfly each slice by cutting horizontally through the middle almost to the edge so that the halves are connected by only a thick piece of meat. Put each butterflied slice between pieces of plastic wrap. Using a wooden meat mallet, or the side of a cleaver, pound vigorously until the slice is about 10 inches across. Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt and black pepper.

Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a deep, wide skillet to 365 degrees F. Dip each slice of pork in water, then in flour mixture. Fry tenderloin, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Drain on paper towels and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on buns with desired condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, dill pickle chips, ketchup, sliced onion, lettuce).

 

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions

The “tender” in the name of this sandwich refers to the ease with which you can sink your teeth into it. The cut of pork is actually boneless loin, “tenderized” with a meat mallet. Serve these monster sandwiches with sliced tomato, sweet onion and lettuce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 363 calories
Protein: 24 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 1814 milligrams
Cholesterol: 52 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Sauteing

COOKING BASICS:
1)Heat a small amount of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
2)Place pork in skillet; do not cover.
3)Cook pork uncovered, turning occasionally. For stir-frying, cook over high heat, stirring constantly.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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Fun way to serve pork!
by anonymous 05/04/2012
Was looking for a creative way to use a pork tenderloin and this fit the bill. The pork cutlets (from the tenderloin) ended up smaller than seems typical for this sandwich, but fit nicely on the buns. My husband wsa skeptical about the sandwich concept, but turned out to be a big fan.