Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins
From the National Pork Board; These bun-busting tenderloins are supposed to hang out from the bun by at least an inch (sometimes more), creating a two-fisted dining experience. Nicholas Freinstein, of Huntington, Indiana, is credited with creating “the tenderloin”.
- 1 lb boneless pork loin
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 cup cornmeal
- 4 large sandwich buns, lightly toasted
- dill pickle slices
- sliced onion
- To make the pork: cut 4 (1-inch slices) of pork; trim any exterior fat from edges.
- Put each slice of pork between pieces of plastic wrap.
- Using a wooden meat mallet, pound vigorously until each slice is very thin and about 10 inches across.
- Mix flour with salt and pepper in a pie plate.
- Heat ½-inch of oil in a deep 12-inch skillet to 365°.
- Dip each slice of pork in water, then in flour mixture.
- Pat both sides with cornmeal.
- Fry, one at a time, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total; drain on paper towels and keep warm until all are cooked.
- Serve prepared pork on buns with desired condiments.