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Baby Arugula-Lemon Pesto and Schnitzel

October 28, 2017

Baby Arugula-Lemon Pesto and Schnitzel

4 boneless center cut pork chops, 7-8 oz. each, pounded to 1/4-inch thick (You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts here too!)
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying
lemon wedges (optional)

Heat 2 inches of extra virgin olive oil in a heavy frying pan, (a cast iron pan is ideal) until the oil reaches 350.

Whisk the milk with the eggs and a pinch of salt and add to a shallow pie plate or dish.  Add the bread crumbs to a second, similar shallow dish.

Whisk the salt and pepper in to the flour and add to another shallow dish.  Dredge the pork chops first in the seasoned flour, then in to the eggs (being sure to coat the pork chops completely at every step), and then finally in to the bread crumbs.

Gently add the pork chops to the heated olive oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan, and fry for approximately 3 minutes per side, until golden brown.  Remove each pork chop to a wire rack while frying the remaining pork chops.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired

Baby Arugula Pesto with Lemon
4 cups washed and dried baby arugula
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano
2 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup blanched, toasted almonds (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, or in a blender, and process until smooth.  Serve over pasta, with bread, on pizza, bruschetta, with grilled or roasted vegetables, in lasagna, with fish, over beans, it even makes an old shoe taste great (j.k.)... etc.

Spaetzle (type of egg noodle of soft texture)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

Bring a 4+ quart pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Whisk the eggs with the milk, and the salt with the flour.  Add the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients and whisk until no dry spots remain.

Add the batter to a large colander with larger holes. Push the batter through the colander, using a spatula, in to the boiling water. Boil for about two minutes, and then remove to a bowl and toss with pesto immediately, or a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.