The Indianapolis Colts kickoff this week’s installment of our NFL Recipe Series and the AFC South. It could be said that if Indiana has one culinary claim to fame it would be the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. Basically a ”reinvention” of German schnitzel, breaded pork loin sandwiches can be a simplistic yet wildly addictive food. I mean its deep fried bread pork…kinda hard to go wrong with that. While there are a variety of ways to prepare this Indiana speciality our gluttonous rendition takes things to the next level with a marinated red onion/pickle topping that is tasty enough to eat on its own.
I hope you enjoy the sandwich and here is a short film about the institution that is breaded pork loin sandwiches in Indiana:
Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the continuation of our NFL Recipe Series with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a “fishy” recipe.
- 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- large pinch of sugar
- 1 egg
- Splash of milk
- One thick cut pork loin
- Dill pickles (thinly sliced lengthwise)
- Tomatoes (sliced)
- Hamburger bun (toasted)
- Vegetable oil
Bread crumb topping:
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp hot paprika
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- In a small bowl combine the red onion, salt, vinegar, and sugar. Mix throughly together with you hand. Set aside.
- Mix together the topping ingredients in flat or open bowl and in a separate bowl whisk the egg with a splash of milk.
- Place your pork loin on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap.
- Using rolling pin pound the meat out to the desired thickness. Dip the pork in the whisked egg. Then transfer to the bread crumb mixture and generously coat each side of the meat.
- Pour around 1/4 to 1/2 inch of vegetable oil into a frying pan and preheat to medium. Once the oil is heated, add the breaded pork loin.
- Brown each side and use a meat thermometer to make sure pork is fully cooked before removing from the pan.
- Create your sandwich placing the breaded pork loin on half of a toasted bun. Top with a hefty, yet equal, amount of red onions and pickles. Sliced tomatoes and lettuce round out this delicious sandwich that has so much flavor no additional condiments are necessary.
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