Pork Wiener Schnitzel

serves 8


14 large slices quality sourdough bread, crusts removed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

4 extra large eggs

2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

2 1/2 pounds boneless rack of pork, trimmed of fat and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Accompaniments

1 lemon, cut into wedges

4 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup capers, rinsed

2 hard-boiled eggs, finely minced


Working in two batches, place the bread cubes on a large microwave plate. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring half-way through cooking.  Microwave on medium power until bread is dry and a few pieces start to brown slightly, about 3-5 minutes longer, stirring every minute.  Allow the bread cubes to cool slightly.  Transfer to a food processor and process to very fine crumbs, about 45 seconds.  Transfer crumbs to a shallow dish (you should have about 2 1/2 cups total).  Place flour in a second shallow dish.  Beat eggs with the 2 tablespoons of oil in a third shallow dish.


One at a time, place pork between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment and pound to an even thickness between 1/8- and 1/4-inch.  Season both sides of each cutlet with salt and pepper.  Working with one cutlet at a time, dredge cutlets thoroughly through flour, shaking off excess, then coat with egg mixture allowing excess to drip back into dish to ensure a very thin coating.  Then coat evenly with bread crumbs, pressing to adhere.  Place breaded cutlets in a single layer on a wire rack set over a baking sheet.  Allow coating to dry for 5 minutes.


Heat remaining 2 cups of oil in a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot over medium-high heat until an instant thermometer reaches 375º F.  Lay one cutlet at a time in the pan and cook, spooning hot oil over the top of the cutlet until the cutlets are wrinkled, puffed, and light golden on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side.  Transfer cutlets to a paper towel-lined plate and flip cutlets several times to blot excess oil.  Repeat with remaining cutlets.  Serve immediately with lemon wedges and accompaniments if using.  Enjoy!


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