Sunday, March 1, 2009

Recipes: Pork Parmigiana - A Cheap Crowd Pleaser

Last Sunday we had a house full of people for dinner, 4 couples and 5 small children around the table. Looking for a meal that would be popular with everyone and inexpensive, I pulled out my trusty pork parmigiana recipe. This is a great meal for big families or lots of guests in a laid-back setting. The best part is that when pork tenderloin is on sale (which happens frequently at our No Frills) I can make enough to feed at least 8 adults generously for less than $15.

Pork Parmigiana

1 pkg pork tenderloin (2 tenderloins)
4 slices soft bread (I use cracked wheat or whatever is cheapest)
1/2 c. grated parmesan
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
cooking oil
1 can Hunts Onion & Herbs tomato sauce
3 c. shredded mozzarella

Prepare two 9"x13" pans with a thin layer of tomato sauce, and set aside. Pulse bread slices in food processor or blender with parmesan, salt & pepper until you have fine crumbs, and transfer to small casserole dish. Trim any fat or gristle from tenderloins and cut both into 1/4" slices across the grain. Pound slices very thin and press into crumbs to well coat both sides, then fry in lightly oiled skillet on medium high until golden brown on both sides. Transfer fried pieces to 9"x13" pans, overlapping slightly to cover whole pan. Spread remaining tomato sauce over the meat and top with mozzarella. (You can sprinkle with more parmesan if you want a little more intense cheese flavour.) Bake uncovered at 350° for at least 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.

I serve this hot with caesar salad and Sour Cream Whipped Potatoes (see recipe). Also a great meal for leftover lunches!

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