Monday, February 1, 2010

Recipe: Crumbed Pork Cutlet with Apples, Potatoes and Sage Butter Sauce

If you're like me, anytime you see the word 'crumbed' your tummy does a little yum yum growl. I don't think there is a more delicious word in the English language. C R U M B. Crumb means fat and flavour, crunch and ....yes, sadly... calories. Crumbed dishes cannot be indulged all the time but when you've been good gardening all day or taking the kids for an energetic run around the park, you've earnt this little bit of heaven on a plate.
This is my favourite crumbed recipe. It's very important that you source free range pork cutlets to get the true flavours of the magical melding of crumb, pork, butter and sage.A happy pig is a tasty pig. I especially enjoy gnawing on the bone afterwards!

Recipe: Crumbed Pork Cutlet with apples and potatoes in a sage butter sauce

4 free range pork cutlets, pounded lightly with meat mallet to flatten
1/2 cup plain flour
2 cups Japanese Panko breadcrumbs
1 egg 
 3 tablespoons of milk

Sauteed apples, potatoes and sage
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into sixths
4 new potatoes steamed in skins in microwave for 5 minutes, halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
10-12 sage leaves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
30 grams unsalted butter
3 tablespoons wine
3 tablespoons chicken stock

Place the flour on a flat plate and season with sea salt. Whisk the egg and milk together in a bowl. Place the breadcrumbs on a separate flat plate. Dip the pork cutlets in the flour shaking off the excess. Now dip in the egg mix and then evenly coat with the breadcrumbs shaking off excess.

Heat half the oil and butter in a frying pan. When the butter is foaming add two cutlets and cook over medium heat until the breadcrumbs are golden. Turn over cutlets and repeat until the pork is just cooked. Place in a warm oven. Repeat the process with the other two cutlets.

Clean the pan with paper towel and saute the potatoes, apples, garlic and sage in remaining butter and oil. When the butter is nut brown add the wine and cook for a further 2 minutes, then add the stock and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

To serve: place a chop on each plate and the sauted vegetables to the side with a lemon cheek and.... chow down!

Homer Simpson would be proud


  1. Oh, crumbed is heaven on a plate- nothing quite as comforting as a crumbed piece of pork/lamb. The sage butter sauce just tops the combo right off!

  2. its 10.24am and I am craving crumbed chops ..thankyou for your mouth watering pictures .. crumbed chops would have to be one of my favourite meals ever ..especially my mums ..and must try this ..but think I might wait for dinner time xx

  3. Bone-in? Yes please, I could *almost* be happy with just the bone to munch on.....almost;) Aren't panko the best packaged crumbs ever? Are you growing sage Indira?

  4. This looks sooo good. Reminds me of the crumbed pork mum used to make way back. Love the sound of the sage in the potatoes!

  5. I love having apple with crumbed pork. Great recipe!

  6. PS, I see even if you weren't, you ARE now growing your own sage;)

  7. Dear Gastronomy Gal,
    glad we can share our secret indulgence together! Indira

    Dear Lee-Ann,
    Mum's crumbed chops ... triple yay! Indira

    Dear Coby,
    so rare to find people who love gnawing bones. Welcome to a dying group of food lovers. Indira

    Hi john@heneedsfood,
    i find sage is a wonderful herb that goes well with anything earthy - root vegies especially.

    Hi Ellie,
    yeah, apple and pork are a wonderful combo. Indira

    Dear Coby,
    I had a huge pot of Russian sage that I sacrificed so I'd have room for some silverbeet. I now regret that. But looking forward to using the Spanish sage in some dishes. Indira