Thursday, December 10, 2009

5-Minute Pork Cutlets for a 10-Minute Meal

Here's a very easy and quick meal.  Pork tenderloin can be very dry and bland but cooked quickly it's flavor is enhanced with the butter, salt & pepper.  You could certainly dress this up with a dollop of something.  Roasted red pepper couliFig balsamic sauce?  A dill mustard from the Mustard Museum?  Whatever's at hand.

  • boneless pork tenderloin
  • steam-in-bag frozen vegetables
  • 1-2 Tbl. butter or olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Cut 1/2-3/4" slices off a boneless pork tenderloin or get boneless loin chops.  
  2. Remove the "silver skin" or other membranes surrounding the pork.  
  3. Pound lightly to make 1/4" thick cutlets.
  4. Preheat a skillet with a bit of butter or olive oil on medium high heat.
  5. Start a steam-in-bag of veggies in the microwave.
  6. Salt & pepper the cutlets
  7. Sauté the cutlets about 2 minutes per side.
  8. Remove the veggies from the microwave.
  9. Serve.
Ta da! About 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook.

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