I love sales. All sales. When I find a great bargain, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning. Strange, I know. I can’t wait for the Sunday and Wednesday ads to come out so I can scour them for the best deals. It’s not uncommon for me to go to 5 or 6 different stores to get different sale items.
Drives my husband nuts.
What is a pork cutlet?
One of our local grocery stores are well known for their meats. I tend to see what they have on sale that week and then plan my menu around those items. One week, they ran a sale on something I had never tried at home before.
A pork cutlet.
A pork cutlet is a piece of pork that is pounded into a tender, thin piece. It’s traditionally breaded and then fried.
Perfect for a sandwich.
The pork tenderloin sandwich is a Midwestern favorite and can be found in many of the local diners.
How to Make the Perfect Crispy Parmesan Dijon Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
The first step is optional but you will find it much easier to bread the cutlet if you do this. Put the cutlets in the freezer until they are slightly firm, but not frozen. Mine took about 20 minutes. This way they do not fall apart as you are breading them.
To start you will need 3 shallow bowls. In the first bowl add 2 eggs, 3 dashes of salt (just under 1/8 tsp) and 1 tsp dijon mustard. Beat with a fork until well combined.
It should look like this when you are done.
In the second bowl combine 1 cup panko, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, and 3 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese. Give a light mix (picture below was before the stir).
In the 3rd bowl add 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir to combine.
Next line the bowls up: flour, egg mixture, then panko.
Pull the cutlets from the freezer and coat each side in flour, then dip in egg mixture, and then into the panko. Gently set into a skillet that has been heating over medium heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. The cutlet should sizzle when placed in the pan.
Add a little more parmesan if you want. Cook on each side about 5 minutes or until nice and browned.
Flip and continue cooking until heated through, about another 4-5 minutes.
Now for the ingredient that takes this sandwich to the next level, pretzel buns. These are so good and pairs perfectly with the cutlets.
Cut in half, butter each half and toast bun over medium heat until lightly toasted.
Remove from heat and add Dijon mustard and slice of White American Cheese (not pictured, sorry)
When you’ve assembled your sandwich, you will have this. It’s amazing! Enjoy.