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Midwestern Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Midwestern Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

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"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."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Cut 4 1-inch slices of pork. Trim any exterior fat from edges and butterfly each slice by cutting horizontally through the middle almost to the edge so that the halves are connected by only a think piece of meat. Put each butterflied slice between pieces of plastic wrap. Using a wooden meat mallet, or the side of a cleaver, pound vigorously until the slice is about 10 inches across. Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a deep, wide skillet to 365 degrees F. Dip each slice of pork in water, then in flour mixture. Fry tenderloin, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Drain on paper towels and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve on buns with desired condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, dill pickle chips, ketchup, sliced onion, lettuce).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 15, 2010

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!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 18, 2010

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.

Apr 07, 2006

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.

May 28, 2006

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.

Jun 05, 2006

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!

Feb 04, 2009

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!

May 06, 2006

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.

Feb 08, 2011

Dipped pork in milk then into a flour, saltines, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of onion powder mixture. Fried in olive oil until golden brown. THESE TURNED OUT GREAT! Served with lettuce, tomato and red onions. The taste of the pork was so good no one wanted to add any condiments! Served on fresh soft french rolls from the bakery. Will try again!


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  • Calories
  • 463 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.3 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 866 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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