It’s a while since I had my creative cap on …. most because I haven’t really have cooked anything exciting that I haven’t cooked before … and probably already been posted.
Being a chef I just had to add my idea into the recipe – didn’t change it much. Increase the amount of spinach, garlic and onion … and added butter, fresh grated nutmeg and the cherry plum tomatoes.
Also the cut of cutlet I went for is what we call – cutlet lion – a nice big piece without the bone and very perfect marbling, all meat needs a little fat .. otherwise it goes to dry.
When pan-frying I always use olive oil first and quickly seal the meat and then I add a dollop of butter.
Maple Mustard Pork Cutlets with Warm Spinach and Cannellini Bean Salad, serve 4
30ml (2 tbsp) maple syrup
30ml (2tbsp) wholegrain mustard
4 (200g each) pork cutlets, trimmed
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic clove, crushed
5 ml (1 tsp) cumin seeds
200g baby spinach
12 cherry plump tomatoes, halved
2 x 400g cans natural cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
some fresh grated nutmeg
olive oil and butter for cooking
seasoning to taste
1. Mix the maple syrup and the mustard. Brush the cutlets on both sides and seasoning.
2. Heat a large, over medium heat, add olive oil, Seal the cutlets and add the butter. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes each side until just cooked through. Remove to a plate and cover. Set aside for 5 minutes.
3. Put the frying pan on medium heat, add olive oil and onion. Cook for about 5 min until the onion is soft. Add garlic, grated nutmeg and cumin seed. Stir for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add spinach, beans, halved tomatoes and 2 tablespoons cold water. Stir until spinach has just wilted and beans are heated through. Seasoning.
A dish that was very easy to do and full of flavors, but I knew that when I found it. I increased and add ingredients to the warm salad, because I found it was a bit short for my taste, because it’s a really good salad that goes well with both meat, chicken and fried fish.
No dinner on the balcony …. the rain was falling heavily. I can count on one hand how many times I been out on the balcony this summer … it has been very difficult to download the summer over here this year.
“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”
I have chosen one of the most popular songs in Italy just now …. to be cloud over this post … Alvaro Soler is a Spanish singer, that having a hug success all over Europa with this song just now .. and I understand why, such a happy song, just what at least I need when the sun is hiding. A perfect summer hit.
Alvor’s image provided by and thanks to; calamusic.net