Devan makes a pork tenderloin sandwich

Devan makes a pork tenderloin sandwich

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"What happens when a schnitzel travels from Germany and Austria to the middle of the United States? Apparently, it get’s put on a bun and called a pork tenderloin sandwich! This is a very popular dish common throughout the midwest, but especially in Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois, where people will travel far and wide and have heated debates about where to get “the best” tenderloin. I only had my first tenderloin sandwich recently, and to be honest, this version is better! Seasoned well with various spices and coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and crushed crackers, this isn’t a dish for the faint of heart or the fancy. It’s an egalitarian, approachable food that brings together my midwestern roots and my “roots” here in Germany. Watch the video for more and to follow along as I make my rendition!"
Easy 👌
35 min
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burger buns
110 g
60 g
panko breadcrumbs
60 g
1 tsp
cayenne pepper (optional)
2 tsp
smoked paprika powder
2 tsp
garlic powder
vegetable oil (for frying)
pickles (for serving)


2 cutting boards, meat tenderizer, 3 bowls (small), whisk, frying pan, tongs, paper towels, knife

Nutrition per serving

Fat42 g
Protein45 g
Carb105 g
  • Step 1/4

    • 2 pork loin
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 2 tsp smoked paprika powder
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 110 g crackers
    • 60 g panko breadcrumbs
    • 60 g flour
    • 2 eggs
    • cutting board
    • meat tenderizer
    • 3 bowls (small)
    • whisk

    Butterfly, if needed, and pound pork loin until about ¼-in thin (6mm) all around. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne, if using. Crush crackers until fine and add to a small bowl with panko breadcrumbs. Add flour to another bowl. Crack eggs into a third bowl and whisk well.

  • Step 2/4

    • vegetable oil (for frying)
    • frying pan

    Add oil to a frying pan and bring up to frying temperature over medium high heat. Dredge the seasoned, pounded pork in the flour, then in egg, then in the crackers and breadcrumbs.

  • Step 3/4

    • tongs
    • paper towels

    Fry the pork tenderloin until crispy on both sides and cooked through, approx. 6 – 8 min. total. Remove and drain on a paper towel.

  • Step 4/4

    • 2 burger buns
    • mustard (for serving)
    • red onion (for serving)
    • pickles (for serving)
    • cutting board
    • knife

    Slice onion thinly. Slather the bottom of each bun with mustard, top with sliced onion, fried pork, pickles, and top bun. Serve immediately and enjoy!

  • Enjoy your meal!

    Devan makes a pork tenderloin sandwich

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