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Pork Tenderloin "Schnitzel" with Old World Mustard Sauce

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin "Schnitzel" with Old World Mustard Sauce

Remarks:

    This may be the only German recipe on my website. German food is usually too heavy for me. What I did was think back to the old German food and then look at some old recipes. Then I imagined cooking them in 2006 and thought what I could do to lighten them up, make them (even slightly) more healthy. Since we're not all farmers or people working in factory jobs in the big city, we don't burn calories like the German immigrants did. It behooves us to lighten up those old recipes. So that's what I did.

    Here's my version of pork with mustard sauce. Starting off with pork tenderloin makes it lighter. Using olive oil and less of it makes it more healthful. I served it with a few fork-smashed fingerling potatoes. If you want to go "Old World," serve it with buttered noodles. Keep the portions smaller and serve lots of green beans and you'll have a meal you can write home about.

Servings:
Serves 4

Ingredients:

    Sauce:
    6 oz good beer (German beer would be a bonus. Use a lager.)
    4 Tbl minced shallots
    1-1/2 cups chicken broth
    1/2 cup whipping cream (or half and half)
    3 Tbl German or Dijon mustard

    Pork:
    2 pork tenderloins, trimmed, cut crosswise into one-inch thick medallions
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 fresh eggs beaten with a fork)
    1 cup bread crumbs (Canned is fine.)
    1/2 cup walnuts
    4 Tbl fresh parsley leaves
    1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    6 Tbl olive oil (divided)

Instructions:

    Start the sauce first.

    Put the beer and the shallots in a medium saucepan. Boil them slowly until reduced by half. Takes about 10 minutes. Add the chicken broth. Boil down to 1-1/2 cups of liquid total. This will take about 10 more minutes. You're making a reduction, which intensifies the flavor of the sauce. Turn off and let sit for a bit.

    While the sauce is boiling you can start the pork.

    In order to keep my kitchen cleaner, I pound meat inside a sturdy plastic bag. Take your medallions a couple at a time and put them in the bag. Using a meat mallet, pound them to about a quarter inch thick. Their circumference should about double. Get them all ready to go in this fashion. Set them aside on a plate.

    Put the flour on one plate. Put the eggs in a shallow bowl. Put the crumbs in your food processor along with the parsley, walnuts and pie spice. Whiz until the whole mixture is finely chopped. Then transfer this mixture to another plate. You now have an assembly line: flour, eggs and breadcrumb mixture.

    Pick up a piece of tenderloin. Dredge it in flour and shake off the excess. Dip both sides in the eggs. Now dip in the breadcrumb mixture and coat both sides. Set aside. Do this again and again until you have all pieces ready to sauté. Now wash those messy hands.

    Heat your 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan. Sauté as many pieces of tenderloin as will fit in the pan. Medium to Medium-High heat will do it. Get the meat golden brown on one side and flip it over. Brown the other side. This shouldn't take more than 6 minutes total. As you get batches done, put them on a heat proof sheet and put them in the oven on Warm. Check one to make sure it's not too pink in the middle. The meat will continue to cook while it's warming. If you have two large sauté pans, you can probably do the whole batch at once, but most folks will need to do this in two batches. The other 3 tablespoons of olive oil are for the second batch of medallions.

    While the second batch is sautéing, you can add the cream and mustard to the sauce. Heat on Medium-High just until it starts to bubble. This will thicken the sauce. Then turn to Low until the meal is ready. If you are serving a veggie, this is the time to get that ready too.

Serving Suggestions:

    The modern way to serve this would be to spoon the sauce around the meat rather than on top. This way it keeps a crunchy crust on the pork tenderloin.

Enjoy!

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