The last four weeks I have had the pleasure of inspiring you to be inspired by pork. Aside from Publix offering special sales of delicious pork cuts, I have been stepping up to the “plate” and sharing how my family has been participating in the “Good and Good For You” challenge.
This week we are talking about comfort.
Many things remind me of comfort:
- Fuzzy slippers
- a warm cup of cocoa
- a kitty on your lap (or four)
- a snugly blanket
But when it comes to food, the South is the inventor of what “comfort” stands for, so I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t share a recipe worth creating in your own house. This week I decided to use Pork Cutlets (the cut of the week) to create a hearty meal of Panko encrusted pork sitting on a bed of Jasmine rice with a thick mushroom sauce in tow.
Recipe as follows:
First, start some rice in the rice cooker. I prefer fragrant jasmine rice, but whatever you are fond of should work just fine.
Once that is going, take your pork cutlets, dip in egg, and cover both sides in a mixture of panko and flour. It was just recently while testing out a new recipe that I discovered this trick. The flour keeps the panko crumbs attached so much better!
Heat butter in a pan and fry your cutlets up, turning only once so you don’t ruin the breading. While that is sauteing, in another pan add a can of ‘cream of mushroom’ soup, about a tablespoon of heavy cream (you can sub for sour cream if you prefer), some chopped fresh mushrooms, a dash of onion power, a scoop of paprika, sprinkle of pepper, and some thyme. Let that get good and heated.
Once your rice is done, layer your pork and drizzle your sauce on top. You can use as much or as little as you want but it was so good we layered it on.
I was told that the meal was “very, very good”. I personally went back for a second piece of pork- which I rarely do. Luckily they were cutlets (smaller portions) or I would be groaning right now.
But in a good way, I assure you.
Presenting my dish (yes, that is steam)….
I also wanted to share with you the health benefits of choosing pork over many of your favorite cuts of meat. It’s always good to know exactly what you are starting with as a base when it comes to cholesterol, fat, and calories:
Do you have a favorite pork dish?