Crispy Breaded Pork Cutlets: A Classic Comfort Meal

If you’re in the mood for a simple and satisfying meal, look no further than the classic favorite: crispy breaded pork cutlets. Coated in crunchy cracker crumbs and pan-fried to golden perfection, these pork cutlets are guaranteed to please your taste buds and fill your belly. Plus, they’re ready in under 30 minutes and require only four ingredients!

Breaded Pork Cutlets

I’ve been making this recipe for breaded pork cutlets for as long as I can remember. It’s a family tradition passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to me. Not only are pork cutlets an affordable option when grocery shopping, but adding a simple and quick breading of cracker crumbs takes them to a whole new level of deliciousness without breaking the bank.

The Perfect Pairing: Pork Cutlets and Frank’s Kraut

When I was asked to share two new products from Frank’s Kraut, I knew I had to showcase them with this beloved pork cutlet recipe. Typically, I serve these cutlets with corn, mashed potatoes, and gravy, but the leftovers? They always end up as sandwiches with regular bread or buns, topped with tangy mustard. And now, with the addition of Frank’s Kraut, they’re even more irresistible!

Breaded Pork Cutlets

Frank’s Kraut is known for its top-quality sauerkraut, and they’ve recently launched two new flavors that are simply fantastic. The first is Frank’s Mustard Kraut, a delightful combination of sauerkraut with dill pickle relish and a zing of mustard. It’s the perfect topping for hot dogs, bratwurst, or burgers, but it truly shines when paired with pork. The second flavor is Frank’s Sweet & Smoky BBQ Kraut, which adds a sweet and savory twist to the classic sauerkraut with hints of brown sugar and spices. It’s an excellent accompaniment to BBQ and grilled meats.

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What Makes a Pork Cutlet?

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s clarify what exactly we mean by a pork cutlet. Another term for a pork cutlet is a pork cube steak. It’s a lean cut of pork tenderloin that has been tenderized and pounded thin to achieve a tender and flavorful result. It’s important to note that pork cutlets and pork chops are not the same cut of meat.

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Ingredients for Perfect Breaded Pork Cutlets

To make the best breaded pork cutlets, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pork cutlets: Make sure they are tenderized and pounded fairly thin. You can usually find them already prepared like this at your local butcher.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Eggs
  • Saltine crackers: If you don’t have saltines, feel free to substitute with Club crackers or Ritz crackers. Just crush them using a food processor or a rolling pin.

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How to Make the Best Breaded Pork Cutlets

Now that you have your ingredients ready, let’s get cooking! Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect breaded pork cutlets:

  1. Begin by gathering your ingredients and setting up shallow bowls for the breading process. Add enough vegetable oil to the bottom of a skillet to coat it, and heat it over medium heat.

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  2. Sprinkle a light amount of salt and pepper onto both sides of each pork cutlet.

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  3. Dip each cutlet into the beaten egg, ensuring both sides are coated.

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  4. Immediately press the egg-dipped cutlet into the cracker crumbs, ensuring an even coating on both sides.

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  5. Place the breaded pork cutlets into the hot oil in the skillet. Cook until golden brown and crispy on one side, then flip and brown the other side. Pork cutlets cook quickly due to their thinness and don’t require worry about the inside not being cooked since the hot oil ensures thorough cooking.

  6. Serve the breaded pork cutlets hot and enjoy! Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Tips for Keeping the Breading on Pork Cutlets

One common concern when making breaded pork cutlets is ensuring that the breading sticks to the meat. Follow these simple rules to achieve that perfect crispy coating:

  • Make sure the meat isn’t too wet. Pat it dry with a paper towel before dipping it into the egg.
  • Don’t let the pork soak in the egg. Dip it in the egg and immediately coat it in the cracker crumbs or flour.

If you prefer to skip the oil altogether, you can also make these delicious pork cutlets in an air fryer.

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Sauerkraut: The Perfect Companion

Now that your breaded pork cutlets are ready, it’s time to elevate the flavors with Frank’s Kraut. Open a jar of Frank’s Kraut and serve it on the side. It’s that simple!

Did you know that sauerkraut is packed with vitamins? It’s rich in vitamin C and K, low in sugar, and high in fiber. Sauerkraut has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments for years, and modern science has confirmed its health benefits.

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Celebrate Flavor with Frank’s Kraut

As a sauerkraut aficionado, I can confidently say that Frank’s Kraut is the best on the market. Whether you’re looking for appetizers, main courses, or even desserts, Frank’s Kraut has you covered. I’ve even coined the term “Reubenize” to describe the process of incorporating the flavors of a Reuben sandwich into various recipes.

With Polish and German heritage, my family has been loyal to Frank’s Kraut for decades. Their wide array of products, including cans, jars, and poly bags, offers versatility and convenience. I particularly love the poly bags since they can be frozen and used whenever I want a sauerkraut fix. The jars are also great for easy storage.

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So there you have it: a perfect recipe for breaded pork cutlets paired with the delicious flavors of Frank’s Kraut. Bring comfort and taste to your table with this family-favorite meal. Don’t forget to pin this recipe to your favorite Pinterest board so you can easily find it whenever you’re craving some crispy goodness.

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And if you’re a sauerkraut enthusiast like me, be sure to explore the Ultimate Guide to Sauerkraut and the many other sauerkraut recipes available on my blog and Frank’s Kraut website. Follow Frank’s Kraut on social media for even more sauerkraut inspiration.

Let’s celebrate flavor together with Frank’s Kraut and enjoy the amazing taste of breaded pork cutlets!

Breaded Pork Cutlets