Pork Tonkatsu with Supergreens-Tomato Salad

Tonkatsu is a popular Japanese dish –  very thin pork cutlets that are breaded and fried; often cut into bite-size pieces and served with cabbage or miso soup. The Japanese also place the pork cutlets between bread and serve as a sandwich. I’ve taken the basic tonkatsu pork cutlet and served with a bright, citrus-enhanced salad. I’m slightly obsessed with a new salad mix that includes my favorite, arugula, as well as several other very nutritious salad greens. During the busy work week I love the convenience of ready to go organic salad greens …

Feel free to use whatever type of greens/lettuce you like. I think this would also be good with thinly sliced cucumbers and onion in place of the greens.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 4 cups lightly packed salad greens
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon, divided
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (plus wedges for serving)
  • S/P
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 4 (about 4 oz.) boneless center-cut pork chops, pounded very thin
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Combine tomatoes and salad greens in a large bowl. Whisk olive oil, 1 tbsp. Dijon, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season dressing with S/P and set aside.
  2. Whisk eggs and 1 tbsp. Dijon in a medium bowl. Place panko on a large plate and season with S/P. Season pork lightly with S/P. Dip each chop in the egg mixture and then in the panko, pressing to adhere.
  3. Working in batches, heat about 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook pork until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Add 1 tbsp. oil after turning. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Toss salad with the dressing and serve over the warm pork chops. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.

Serves: 4

Recipe source: Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe, July 2011

Time: 30 minutes

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