with Tsuno Foods Rice Bran Oil
Pork cutlets, or tonkatsu, have been a popular choice in Japan since they arrived in the late 19th century. Today they’re loved in UK, too, especially when served as katsu curry, with a big plate of Japanese curry and rice. This cheesy version is fried in rice bran oil, a super-healthy alternative to other oils that leaves food crisp, delicious and with no lingering oily taste. The lightness of rice bran oil, which contains a balance of essential fats, helps turn a fried meal into a healthy choice; it can also help to bump up levels of good cholesterol.
- 180 g pork tenderloin (or 4 x 45 g pork slices)
- 4 thin slices of Cheddar cheese
- 30 g plain flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 100 g panko or breadcrumbs
- 500 ml Tsuno Foods Rice Bran Oil
- salt and black pepper Tonkatsu sauce or ketchup to serve
- wild rocket and baby tomatoes, to serve
- Cut the pork into 2 cm round slices. Open up each slice to make a pocket for the cheese, making sure not to cut the whole way through (a). Place the sliced cheese in the pocket, close the pork around it, and season.
- Dust the cutlets with flour and dip then into beaten egg. Coat the cutlets with panko (or breadcrumbs)(b). Rest them in the fridge for 15 mins to set.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the rice bran oil to 170°C. Drop a few panko into the oil to test if the temperature is correct (see Atsuko’s Advice, right, on how to deep-fry).
- Deep fry the cutlets, two at a time (c). Don’t put all the cutlets in the oil at once; this will cause the temperature to drop. Turn them over a few times in the oil until golden. Drain well.
- Serve them with Tonkatsu sauce, a thick and mildly spicy sauce, garnished with wild rocket and baby tomatoes. These cutlets will also taste great served with Japanese curry and rice.
by Atsuko Ikeda
For deep fried dishes, it’s very important to control the temperature of the oil. To test the temperature, just drop a pinch of panko into the oil. If it just floats to the surface, then the temperature is still too low. If it floats to the surface and starts to sizzle, then it’s right (170°C). Read more...
Tsuno Foods Rice Bran Oil
Extracted from rice bran, this oil is rich in nutritional content, contains the powerful antioxidant-oyzanol, and has a mild taste which prevents it from overpowering other ingredients. The high smoke point stops essential fatty acids from breaking down even at high temperatures. Perfect for dressings, cooking and frying.
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