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Farm House Pork Cutlets with Herb Butter

  (Serves 4)

Mike Chelini, Stony Hill’s winemaker for thirty-eight years, features this dish for multi-generational family gatherings because it appeals to all ages. The simple, fresh ingredients and the lightness of the dish match well with the pure young fruit of our 2006 Chardonnay.

Ingredients

Ingredients for herb butter:
1 cube unsalted butter at room temperature
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
¼ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon minced Italian parsley

Ingredients for pork cutlets:
1 pork tenderloin
¾ cup plain bread crumbs
Kosher salt
1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons Canola oil
dried Italian herb mixture
1 tablespoon clarified butter
1 /2 cup flour
8 thin slices Meyer lemon
2 eggs
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon milk

Preparation

Herb Butter
Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Place the butter in the middle of a foot long piece of saran wrap and remold into the original cube shape. Chill in refrigerator to hold its shape until later use.

Pork Cutlets
Remove the pork tenderloin from its wrapper, lightly sprinkle it with Kosher salt and let sit over night in the refrigerator to seal in the juices and give it a more tender texture. Trim the rough ends off the tenderloin, and then cut it into four equal 2-inch long pieces. Turn each of the medallions up on end and place between 2 pieces of saran wrap. Pound each one flat to ¼ inch thickness.

Brush dried Italian herbs on both sides of medallions. Dip them in flour and shake off any excess. Beat eggs and thin with 1 tablespoon milk. Dip the cutlets in the egg mixture.

Mix the bread crumbs and cheese together and dip the cutlets into the mixture to coat. Set cutlets on a wire rack.

In a large sauté pan heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil until almost smoking. Add 1 tablespoon clarified butter and immediately place the 4 cutlets in the pan without crowding and cook three minutes on each side until crisp and brown on the outside and still slightly pink on the inside. (If you are cooking a double batch of cutlets, keep the first batch warm in a 200 degree oven while preparing the second.)

Top each medallion with a pat of herb butter, 2 slices of Meyer lemon and a teaspoon of capers. A sprig of fennel from the Faro dish makes a nice garnish. Serve immediately with the Faro-Risotto Style and the Broccolini.