Friday, November 22, 2013

Pork Parmesan Sandwich

Oh boy this was easy and so darn good.

No fuzzing over the stove its Friday! A quick meal made at home. 

  This sandwich can even be done with poultry or Tofu. Using firmed tofu and a plant base cheese with all the other ingredients mentioned here and you got yourself a a succulent vegan sandwich. Trader Joe's have excellent variety of Tofu and plant base cheeses to choose. 

The same goes for the artisan bread choose French bagetts, Italian, Cuban or any grain you wish.  

Lets get cooking! 


1 c freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano
1/2 c whole wheat plain bread crumbs 
1/8 black pepper
1 tsp Mrs Dash garlic & herb
1 tsp Mrs Dash onion & garlic

2 pork cutlets thinly sliced/pounded w/ the flat side of your meat mallet or any heavy large serving spoon will do
Season lightly w/ salt & pepper *optional

1 16 oz can of crushed tomato
Pinch of sugar 
Pinch of red pepper flakes 
Pinch of sea salt & black pepper
1/8 tsp dry oregano
1/8 tsp dry thyme

2 tbsp unsalted butter melted w/ 1/2 tsp grated garlic 

2-4 slices of mozzarella (whole/part skim or plant base)
12 inch freshly baked artisan bread halved & sliced vertically (hero, whole wheat/Italian/French/Cuban or any grain baked bread)


Preheat oven to 350.

Line with foil a flat baking pan. Add a rack on top and set aside. 

In a saucepan on medium high heat add crushed tomato, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, sugar, pepper & salt. Stir and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the flame and simmer for another 5 minutes then set aside. 

Rinse and pat dry and season cutlets with sea salt & black pepper. Set aside. 

In a medium bowl mix your freshly grated Parmesan, black pepper, Mrs Dash garlic & herb, Mrs Dash onion & garlic. Stir with fork. Set aside. 

Melt the butter w/ the grated garlic. Set aside. 

Brush the melted butter on both sides of the cutlets. Drizzle a bit on butter just enough coat both side with the Parmesan bread crumbs. * Don't dip the brush used on raw pork  in the butter because you will use what's left of it later. 

 Fold a piece of foil (creating a tent like shape) over the cutlets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Half way through (5-6 minutes in) remove foil and bake for the time remainder. 

Remove cutlets while still on rack and set aside. Discard foil that laid on baking dish and replace with new foil.  Set aside.

Lay your halved artisan bread on to the foiled baking pan. Remove some the access bread dough to it may toast better. Drizzle what's left of the garlic butter to the inside part of the bread. 

Bake to toast a bit the artisan bread. This may take about 2-3 minutes. 

Remove bread and spoon the marinara sauce over inside of the bread. Add the cutlet and then mozzarella. 

Switch oven setting to broil. Broil open sandwich till cheese melts. Remove and add more marinara. 

Plate and serve. 


Bon Apetit 


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