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Milk Street Recipe
Milk Street Bowtie Bolognese-Style Pork Cutlets

Bolognese-Style Pork Cutlets

50 minutes Plus chilling

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Bolognese-Style Pork Cutlets

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Classic cotoletta alla bolognese are pan-fried breaded veal cutlets topped with salty, savory prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. After frying, the crisp cutlets usually are placed in a simple pan sauce and cooked just long enough to melt the cheese. For our version, instead of veal we use pork tenderloin, which is similarly mild in flavor, and we layer the prosciutto slices onto the cutlets, under the breading, to better integrate them into the dish. For an extra-crisp crust, we use Japanese-style panko breadcrumbs, but we lightly crush them before use so the breading isn’t overly light and airy. Our method for melting the cheese keeps the bottoms of the cutlets crisp, and the lemon-spiked sauce, served on the side, brightens up all the rich, salty flavors.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t pound the pork without using plastic wrap. The plastic wrap prevents the meat pounder from sticking to the meat, thereby helping to avoid tears. This is especially important when the meat is pounded very thin, as it is here. After pounding the cutlets, season them only with pepper, not with salt, as the prosciutto and Parmesan provide lots of salinity. Finally, when adding the water to the pan of fried cutlets, make sure to pour it around them, not on them.

50 minutes

Plus chilling

2½ cups panko breadcrumbs
Ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1¼ pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and patted dry
4 slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces total)
12 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
4 ounces Parmesan cheese (without rind), shredded on the small holes of a box grater (2 cups)
4 tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3 medium garlic cloves, finely grated
¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges to serve
Ingredients
  • cups panko breadcrumbs

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 2

    large eggs

  • pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and patted dry

  • 4

    slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces total)

  • 12

    tablespoons neutral oil, divided

  • 4

    ounces Parmesan cheese (without rind), shredded on the small holes of a box grater (2 cups)

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces

  • 3

    medium garlic cloves, finely grated

  • ¾

    cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges to serve

Directions
  1. 01
    Place the panko in a large a zip-close bag and seal. Run a rolling pin over the panko until finely crushed. Empty into a pie plate or wide shallow bowl, then stir in ½ teaspoon pepper. In a second similar dish, stir the flour and 1 teaspoon pepper. In a third dish, beat the eggs with a fork.
  2. 02
    Cut the pork tenderloin in half crosswise, making the tail-end slightly larger, then cut each piece in half lengthwise. Place 2 pieces between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat pounder, gently pound each piece to an even ⅛-inch thickness. Repeat with the remaining pieces. Season both sides of each cutlet with pepper, then lay a prosciutto slice on each cutlet. Re-cover with plastic wrap and gently pound so the prosciutto adheres.
  3. 03
    One at a time, dredge the cutlets in the flour, turning to coat and shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg and, finally, coat with the panko, pressing so it adheres. Set the cutlets on a large plate. Refrigerate uncovered for 15 minutes. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and place near the stovetop.
  4. 04
    In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 6 tablespoons of oil until barely smoking. Add 2 cutlets and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Using tongs, flip and cook until the second sides are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to the prepared rack. Repeat with the remaining 6 tablespoons oil and remaining cutlets. Wipe out the skillet and set aside.
  5. 05
    Evenly sprinkle the cutlets with the Parmesan. Place 2 cutlets, cheese side up, in the same skillet, then set the pan over medium-high. Pour ¼ cup water around the cutlets, immediately cover and cook until the cheese has melted, the water has evaporated and the cutlets begin to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes. Using a large spatula, return the cutlets to the rack and repeat with the remaining cutlets; tent with foil. Using paper towels, wipe out the skillet.
  6. 06
    In the same skillet over medium, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, then cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about ⅓ cup, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in the lemon juice, then taste and season with pepper. Pour into a serving bowl. Transfer the cutlets to a platter and serve with the sauce and lemon wedges on the side.
Tip: Don’t pound the pork without using plastic wrap. The plastic wrap prevents the meat pounder from sticking to the meat, thereby helping to avoid tears. This is especially important when the meat is pounded very thin, as it is here. After pounding the cutlets, season them only with pepper, not with salt, as the prosciutto and Parmesan provide lots of salinity. Finally, when adding the water to the pan of fried cutlets, make sure to pour it around them, not on them.
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Bill O.
May 30, 2022
Great Dish
We've got friends who love pork tenderloin, so we made this for them. Turned out great. The lemon brings a nice touch to it.
Busboom S.

Would it be possible to use veal that has already been pounded instead of the port tenderloin?

Lisa G.

I used veal chops pounded thin and they were delicious!

Lynn C.

Hi Busboom -

Definitely! We think this would be great with veal.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Michael T.

I loved the recipe and will use it again. However, I found it the techniques used while interesting, increased the complexity of the execution. It seem a lot of effort was made to use only one skillet over and over. Not necessary unless you only have one burner. The size of the cutlets requires at least two turns in a 12 inch skillet; no avoiding that but the cheese can be melted under a broiler and the sauce can be made in a small saucier. I expect the breading can also be done some time ahead so that the final cooking and plating can be done quickly.

Thomas M.

Great ideas. I have a cask iron skillet that I use on my gas grill. I think if I make the sauce separately, as you suggest, I can do everything else on the grill.

Celia C.

I was thinking the same thing. I will make the sauce ahead of time. Then we can serve as soon as the cutlets are done.

Celia C.

I was thinking the same thing. I will make the sauce ahead of time. Then we can serve as soon as the cutlets are done.

Paul W.

We love this recipe and have now made it several times. Tonight I had some leftover pesto alla Genovese from the night before and decided it might be a nice addition. I used a generous teaspoon or maybe more to paint the pounded tenderloin before I applied the prosciutto. The rest of the process was the same as outlined in the recipe. The pesto added yet another layer of flavor to a great dish. It was also fun to combine two Milk Street recipes into one.


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Bolognese-Style Pork Cutlets

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4

Servings

50 minutes

Plus chilling

Tip

Don’t pound the pork without using plastic wrap. The plastic wrap prevents the meat pounder from sticking to the meat, thereby helping to avoid tears. This is especially important when the meat is pounded very thin, as it is here. After pounding the cutlets, season them only with pepper, not with salt, as the prosciutto and Parmesan provide lots of salinity. Finally, when adding the water to the pan of fried cutlets, make sure to pour it around them, not on them.

Ingredients
  • cups panko breadcrumbs

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 2

    large eggs

  • pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and patted dry

  • 4

    slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces total)

  • 12

    tablespoons neutral oil, divided

  • 4

    ounces Parmesan cheese (without rind), shredded on the small holes of a box grater (2 cups)

  • 4

    tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces

  • 3

    medium garlic cloves, finely grated

  • ¾

    cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges to serve

Step 1 of 6

Prepare Panko and Flour Mixtures

cups panko breadcrumbs
Ground black pepper
1
cup all-purpose flour
2
large eggs

Place the panko in a large a zip-close bag and seal. Run a rolling pin over the panko until finely crushed. Empty into a pie plate or wide shallow bowl, then stir in ½ teaspoon pepper. In a second similar dish, stir the flour and 1 teaspoon pepper. In a third dish, beat the eggs with a fork.

Step 2 of 6

Pepare Tenderlion

pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and patted dry
Ground black pepper
4
slices prosciutto (about 2 ounces total)

Cut the pork tenderloin in half crosswise, making the tail-end slightly larger, then cut each piece in half lengthwise. Place 2 pieces between 2 large sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat pounder, gently pound each piece to an even ⅛-inch thickness.


Repeat with the remaining pieces. Season both sides of each cutlet with pepper, then lay a prosciutto slice on each cutlet. Re-cover with plastic wrap and gently pound so the prosciutto adheres.

Step 3 of 6

Dredge Tenderlion and Refrigerate

One at a time, dredge the cutlets in the flour, turning to coat and shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg and, finally, coat with the panko, pressing so it adheres. Set the cutlets on a large plate. Refrigerate uncovered for 15 minutes. Set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and place near the stovetop.

Step 4 of 6

Cook Cutlets

12
tablespoons neutral oil

In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 6 tablespoons of oil until barely smoking. Add 2 cutlets and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Using tongs, flip and cook until the second sides are golden, about 1 minute.


Transfer to the prepared rack. Repeat with the remaining 6 tablespoons oil and remaining cutlets. Wipe out the skillet and set aside.

Step 5 of 6

Add Cheese

4
ounces Parmesan cheese (without rind), shredded on the small holes of a box grater (2 cups)

Evenly sprinkle the cutlets with the Parmesan. Place 2 cutlets, cheese side up, in the same skillet, then set the pan over medium-high. Pour ¼ cup water around the cutlets, immediately cover and cook until the cheese has melted, the water has evaporated and the cutlets begin to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes.


Using a large spatula, return the cutlets to the rack and repeat with the remaining cutlets; tent with foil. Using paper towels, wipe out the skillet.

Step 6 of 6

Taste, Season and Serve

4
tablespoons (½ stick) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3
medium garlic cloves, finely grated
¾
cup low-sodium chicken broth
2
tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges to serve
Ground black pepper

In the same skillet over medium, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, then cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about ⅓ cup, about 3 minutes.


Off heat, stir in the lemon juice, then taste and season with pepper. Pour into a serving bowl. Transfer the cutlets to a platter and serve with the sauce and lemon wedges on the side.

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