A classic sandwich in the Midwest, particularly popular in Iowa and Indiana, but there are regional variations throughout the entire United STates. I've always thought of this as a German schnitzel on a sandwich. It's crispy and crunchy... tender deliciousness!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
15 mins
35 mins
4 sandwiches


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim pork tenderloin of any fat and silver skin, and cut into 4 equal pieces. Place each piece between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or in a resealable plastic bag. Pound the cutlets using a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness, flattening each piece.

  • Combine flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together buttermilk and egg in a second dish. Add panko breadcrumbs to a third dish.

  • Dry cutlets with paper towels, and dredge each in the flour mixture on both sides, shaking off any excess. Next dredge tenderloins in the egg-buttermilk mixture, shaking off the excess. Finally, turn cutlets in the bread crumb mixture, pressing down until completely coated. Transfer to a plate and let dry for at least 5 minutes.

  • Heat oil over medium heat in a 12-inch skillet to between 350 to 375 degrees F (175 to 190 degrees C). Place a couple of breaded cutlets in the skillet, making sure not to crowd, and fry on each side for about 3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally until cutlets are deep golden brown and crisp. Transfer the cutlets to a wire rack to drain any excess oil. Repeat the procedure with the remaining cutlets.

  • Spread each roll with mayonnaise then add lettuce, pickle slices, and cutlets.

Cook's Note:

Dress the sandwich to your tastes (we like Sriracha mayo.) Some people like tomatoes, sliced onion, mustard, and some like cheese added.

Nutrition Facts

1065 calories; protein 40.3g; carbohydrates 109.8g; fat 53.7g; cholesterol 116.2mg; sodium 1995.4mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
Followed the recipe as written. Came out very tender and tasty Read More