"The 'tender' in the name of this sandwich refers to the ease with which you can sink your teeth into it. The cut of pork is actually boneless loin, 'tenderized' with a meat mallet. Serve these monster sandwiches with sliced tomato, sweet onion and lettuce." — National Pork Board
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I am from Indiana and trust me, I KNOW a breaded tenderloin sandwich! A few little Hoosier secrets...use buttermilk instead of milk, peanut oil instead of vegetable oil and use saltine crackers for the breading. Mix together buttermilk, egg, a clove or 2 of garlic, salt pepper and some cayenne pepper and let the butterflied pork sit in it for 4 hrs to overnight. When preparing, dredge in Wondra instant flour, then into the buttermilk again, then the cracker crumbs. Ummmmm....I'm salivating at the thought of this sandwich!!!
I was very disappointed in this recipe. I grew up on pork tenderloin sandwiches. I was skeptical about the flour breading from the start, but I was sold by the photo because it looks like a true pork tenderloin. My instinct was correct. The flour breading isn’t right at all. By comparison, this breading is mushy and flavorless. I even fried these in a deep fryer at the recommended temp and could barely get them brown, much less cripsy like you would with cracker crumbs.
I make mine a little differently..I dip in milk, then flour(with salt and pepper added), then dip in egg, then italian bread crumbs(with a few different seasonings added), then I set my electric fry pan on 350 and put about an inch of crisco in it, then fry individually for about 2 min or a little less on each side..they are really good...had to learn how to make them, as down south, they don't know what pork tenderloin sandwiches are.
My husband is from Iowa and LOVES these sandwiches! We've ordered them from Iowa for a few years because I wasn't quite sure of the recipe, but here it is!! I'm thrilled because I'll save all that money on shipping and DH will be soooo happy with a taste of home. Plus, these sandwiches are DELICIOUS! We load on dill pickles, sweet onions, and some mustard for that authentic taste.
I used ground saltine crackers instead of cornmeal and put in a little garlic powder to the crumbs. MmmmmmmMMmmm, I just wish I had a frosty mug of A&W root beer to wash it down!
My family loved this. I took another's advice and used saltines instead of cornmeal. I also used milk, then flour, then egg wash, then crackers...to ensure my breading stuck. This was great! Thanks!
We too are from Iowa and find this a close homemade example of the fried fair classic. To help make the breading thicker I dip in water, followed by the breading mix (as the directions say) and then wrap each piece individually in saran wrap. I freeze them for 20-30 minutes, remove and re-bread in the cornmeal/flour mix only. We also have done these in our fryer with great results.
These are fantastic. We spread on a little horseradish sauce as well. Kicks it up a notch
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Midwestern Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 109
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