Recipe – Sylvia’s Italian Pork Steaks

It was my Nan and Dad that got me into cooking, that’s not to say my Mum wasn’t a great cook, but her kitchen prowess came in phases! She created this very simple dish for a friends children, using chicken. It was very popular and whenever she cooked for them they’d always ask for “Sylvia’s Chicken”. I do a version using pork steaks as it can be cheaper to feed a large family.

This can feed any number, assume one pork loin steak per person. You will need:

  • 1 pork loin steak per person, preferably with very little fat
  • 1 slice of bread per person plus 2 extra, or 25g dried breadcrumbs per person
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Liberal seasoning of freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1 beaten egg (you might need 2)
  • Thin slices of cheese (optional)

If using fresh bread, breadcrumb it using a small electric bowl chopper and place in a large bowl. Add the herbs and seasoning, mixing with your hands to combine well.

Trim any large fat pieces off the pork loins. Heat a generous glug of oil in a large frying pan and heat on a medium to high heat.

Take a loin, dip both sides in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs, pressing them on to stick. Put in the pan and repeat until all are done.

Fry for around 8 minutes on a medium heat, then turn over. Add a slice of cheese to the top if you’d like, then heat for a further 8 minutes.

We have these occasionally with chips but they are lovely with my killer mash! Check out the recipe here.

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