Saturday, February 21, 2015

Breaded Pork over Roasted Peppers & Penne

Alexis and I have come to the conclusion that pasta is an obstacle to getting to what everyone actually wants to eat: the vegetables and pork. 
Ohhhhhh sweet pork…I love thee above all other meats!  By sneaking in some peppers I'm counting this as a 100% healthy dish.  

Breaded Pork over Roasted Peppers & Penne
Serves 2 little "porkers" happily.

  1. 1 red pepper (sliced)
  2. 1 sweet onion (sliced)
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 1 lb pork cubed
  5. 1 egg whisked 
  6. 1 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese 
  7. 1 cup bread crumbs 
  8. spices to taste: that's code for shake each one several times until their glorious scent permeates your nose.
    1. oregano
    2. garlic powder
    3. salt
    4. black pepper
    5. 21 salute seasoning
  9. canola oil for frying
  1. Coat the bottom of a small frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Sautee the sliced pepper and onion with a dash of salt, pepper, and one clove of garlic smashed in a garlic press. 
  2. Boil a medium size pot of salted water for your choice of pasta. No need to make the whole box. I used about 1/3 and that was plenty for two people. 
  3. While the pepper and onion are sautéing, heat a thin layer of canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Prepare a cookie sheet covered with a thick layer of paper towels to put the meat to cool down. 
  4. Combine cheese, bread crumbs, and herbs in a shallow bowl. 
  5. Pour whisked egg over meat and mix by hand until all the meat has been coated thinly.
  6. Dip pork into dry mixture until well coated and plot those little babies right into pan. The oil is ready when it immediately starts bubbling around the meat. 
  7. Allow the pork to cook for about a minute on each side, turning once. You may need to do so again if a piece is not cooked all the way through. 
  8. Once one batch is done, place on the paper towels so that the pork drains. 
  9. Once the pasta has cooked, been drained and rinsed, pour the sautéed peppers and onions over the pasta to coat it. This will help the pasta not stick together and taste out of this world. Top with the breaded pork and sit yourself down with a handsome fellow, a good friend, or make it a party of one and save the rest for lunch the next day.  

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