After some thinking and wondering around, I decided on a menu for a dinner that just might cheer us up. The plan involved the Boy and I working in the Little Kitchen together and since that is always fun, I figured I'd give it a go!
Rewind to last year when we were in St. Louis,MO on a baseball related trip, we watched a lot of Food Network's Next Food Network Star. We don't get the American FN shows until about a year after they air in the States but we really liked Jeff Mauro and the fact that he won. Unfortunately, we had to wait until this year to start getting his show, 'Sandwich King'. We PVR the show and watch it together and love to see what sandwich he is going to make next. (Long time readers may remember that the Boy is quite the Sandwich hound).
Okay, I know I am rambling on now so to make a long story short, I picked up the ingredients to make Schnitzel Biscuits! The recipe on that link has great instructions so I am not going to re write it but trust me...this is tasty! We followed the recipe for the pork to a T! We even brined the pork tenderloin...don't skip that, it is fabulous!
While the pork was resting in the fridge in its brine, I made my favourite buttermilk biscuit recipe to go with the schnitzel. If you have a go to biscuit recipe, use it. I did make some braised cabbage, but I did not follow Jeff's recipe too closely. I used already shredded cabbage from a cole slaw mix and halved the recipe. (Also left out the caraway seeds).
I now present to you, Schnitzel prep, in photo form! After the Boy brined and patted dry pork tenderloin, he cut it into 8 portions that he then pounded thin...I think that was his favourite part!
|Get those frustrations out!!|
|Put the pork between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and gently pound|
|We only had to pause once to glue the mallet back together...we will be investing in a nicer one!|
|The Boy set up his breading station and kept on working!|
|Ready for the pan!|
|The Boy seems to have the patience to wait long enough for the perect golden brown!|
Let me tell you, the sweet acidity of the braised cabbage really does make the schnitzel biscuit a fantastic sandwich. It cuts through the butteryness of the biscuit and the pork and just makes this sammy oh so delicious!
Cooking with the Boy this evening really helped cheer us up. Some time together in the kitchen was just what we needed!
Until next time, stay warm and eat well!