Pork chops are lightly breaded and pan fried, and served alongside zucchini noodles tossed in a garlic wine sauce.
Pork Milanese with Zoodles
- Yield: 2 servings
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 boneless pork loin chops, pounded ½ inch thick
- salt and fresh pepper
- smoked paprika
- 2-4 TB olive oil
- 1 zucchini, shaved with a vegetable peeler or made into noodles with a spiralizer
- 1 yellow pepper, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1 orange pepper, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1 large shallot, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic (or more, to taste), minced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 TB white wine
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 TB fresh mint, julienned
- ¼-½ cup shaved Parmean
- In a large, deep skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook about 2 minutes. Add the peppers and let get soft, about 5 minutes. Add the wine (about 1 circle of the pan) and let reduce. Work on the pork.
- Meanwhile, to a medium shallow bowl, add the panko. Lightly beat the egg in another large shallow bowl. Add the flour to a third bowl. Season each of the panko, flour and egg with a bit of salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Sprinkle the pork generously with salt and pepper. Dip the pork, 1 piece at a time, in the flour, shaking of the excess, then the egg, allowing the excess to drip off, then dredge the pork in the crumb mixture, patting to coat completely. Set aside.
- Heat about 2 TB oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. One at a time, add the pork to the hot oil and shallow fry until golden brown and just cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Finish the noodles by adding the zucchini to the pan and saute about 3 minutes until cooked through. Toss in the lemon juice and herbs and fold in the cheese.
- Transfer the noodles to a plate, add the pork and serve with extra lemon wedges and cheese as desired.
The fresh zoodles, reduced in a little wine and lemon and garnished with some parsley, mint and Parmesan…spring on a plate, reminiscent of pasta primavera, and the perfect contrast to the crispy pork cutlets.