Welcome to my series called Conveniently At Home. The idea of this series is to slowly transition myself from buying pre-made and/or processed foods and eventually make most of my foods “from scratch.” This will be a slow journey but one worth the wait!
It’s been awhile since I posted one of these. I knew that when I went to revive the series that it had to be with a good recipe. And I think you all might like this one. I am a huge fan of pork tenderloin sandwiches. When I was searching online for a recipe to try, there weren’t too many out there. I kept reading how the pork tenderloin sandwich was more of a Mid-western U.S. food. I’m not sure if that’s true or not because I’ve lived mostly in the Midwest and I’ve always seen them. But all the same, if you’ve never tried one, they are really great!
I eventually found a recipe on AllRecipes.com. The recipe was so simple that I knew I had to try it.
1lb of Pork Tenderloin
1 cup of Flour
1/2 cup of Yellow Cornmeal
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper
4 Large Sandwich Buns
Condiments such as Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles–also Lettuce and Tomato (all optional)
2 Large Dishes
Foil & Waxed Paper (if freezing some sandwiches)
Prep Work: You’ll need to have two large dishes for dipping the tenderloin into. One for water and one for a cornmeal mix. Pour some water into one dish and in the other, mix the flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper. I used 8×8 Pyrex Dishes and they worked really well.
1) The original recipe says to start off by cutting these into 1 inch pieces and then “butterflying” them, which means cutting down the middle but not all the way through. But when I did this, I had better luck just cutting them into the 1in pieces. I’ll explain what to do next.
2) Place the pork tenderloin between two pieces of Saran Wrap. (I placed mine on top of the cutting board, too, to save my countertop!) You are now going to use your Meat Tenderizer’s flat side to pound the pork tenderloin into a very thin piece, about 8-10 in” wide. I had the best luck starting on the outer edges and kind of pulling the tenderloin while pounding it at the same time. It’s kind of tricky to explain but you’ll figure it out quickly. If it’s too hard to get it to flatten, butterfly it as the original recipe mentions. When you are all done, it should look something like this: (very thin–almost to the point of being see-through but with a little thickness to it.)
3) Remove the saran wrap and then dip the tenderloin first in the dish with water and then in the dish with the cornmeal mix, being sure to coat it on both sides.
When you are all done with the dipping/coating process, it will look something like this:
4) Now you are going to heat some cooking oil in a large skillet. You want it to be enough oil to cover the tenderloin. About 1/2 in of oil. Once the oil is nice and hot, (original recipe says 365 degrees F) you are going to slowly drop the tenderloin into it like this: (You must be extra careful and use caution when adding it to the oil so it doesn’t “spit” the oil back up at you. I use my back burner and it helps some.)
You’ll cook both sides, flipping once or as needed, until they are a golden brown, but not burnt. It’s about 5 minutes. Just make sure that you cook it thoroughly but not too much so that you dry up the meat. When it’s done, use a pair of tongs to pull it out of the oil and just let the oil drip off, if there’s any. And then, you place that awesome tenderloin onto a hamburger bun or kaiser roll:
You can now add your favorite toppings such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, lettuce and/or tomatoes. I actually will eat mine without a bun sometimes and just break it into little pieces that I dip in ketchup.
I hope that you find that you love these sandwiches, too. When I made them, I cut up a very large pork tenderloin and made several of these. I put them (uncooked) on a large piece of foil and put waxed paper in between each tenderloin piece. I then wrapped the whole thing in the tin foil, covering everything completely to prevent freezer burn, and put them in the freezer. So now when I get hungry for one, I can just pull out some and fry them up. It’s makes for a quick meal and it saves me from paying the $6-8 for one when I get a craving for them. I do recommend not stacking more than you’ll use in one meal. They can be a little tricky getting them apart when frozen.
Looking for a good side dish to go with it? Try my American Fries Recipe. They go good together.
If you have a favorite recipe that you order when you dine out, you should see if you can find a comparable one online to see if you can make it Conveniently At Home, too!