- 4 thin pork steaks (about 100g/4oz each)
- 3-4 tbsp plain flour
- 1 egg, well beaten
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- 85g breadcrumb (fresh or bought)
- 3 tbsp chopped roasted hazelnut
Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…
- 1 tsp dried thyme
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- 1 lemon, zest only
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- 3 tbsp light olive or sunflower oil
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- 1 knob of butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
Beat steaks between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, using a rolling pin, to the thickness of two £1 coins. Put the flour, eggs and crumbs into 3 shallow bowls. Mix the nuts, thyme and zest into the crumbs, then season.
Coat the steaks in the flour, shaking off the excess. Then coat in the egg, and finally the crumbs, Again, shaking off any excess. Put the steaks on a large plate.
Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry 2 steaks for 2 mins each side until firm and crisp. Add a little butter for the final few secs to coat. Set aside, and repeat (keep steaks warm in the oven). Serve with salad and lemon wedges.
Making breadcrumbsFor fresh crumbs, cut the crusts off white bread and blitz in a food processor. For dried crumbs, lay crustless white bread directly onto oven shelves and heat on low for around 2-3 hrs until brittle. If you want a more golden colour then heat at 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Place the bread in a thick food bag, seal and bash with a rolling pin. Larger amounts can be whizzed in a food processor.
A crispier coatingDip thin-cut fillets or bite-sized pieces first in flour, then in beaten egg and finally in breadcrumbs. Doing this a stage at a time means you won’t get clumpy crumbs. Fresh breadcrumbs give a lighter coating, dried crumbs (or raspings) are more crunchy. Many restaurant chefs use the Panko style – light, crisp Japanese crumbs.