quick and easy tonkatsu Japanese breaded cutlets with red-brown rice, broccoli and carrots

I’ve had so much traffic this weekend for the green onion cornbread post two years ago. I hope the people who dropped in to look will come back again!

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Last night, I took a break from grades to revisit an old favorite, tonkatsu, a Japanese breaded pork (or chicken) cutlet served with rice and vegetables. I love it with a special homemade tonkatsu sauce but I had no time to make it this weekend. I took a shortcut and put some fried garlic in a 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce so that made it quick and easy! I used a little oil to coat a nonstick pan but you can use cooking spray instead.

Breaded Cutlets
1 large chicken breast, slice thinly in half then cut each patty in half
1/2 pork tenderloin, silver removed, cut into four pieces and pound flat
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (can substitute ordinary breadcrumbs)
1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon water
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
cooking spray

Rice
2 rice cooker cups brown rice
1 rice cooker cup red rice

Veggie Side
3 cup broccoli florets
1 cup broccoli stems, peeled and sliced thin on the bias
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into rounds and halved
boiling water
salt

I only have one induction burner so I started with the rice. I washed it and set it to cook and forgot it so I could attend to the veggies. I peeled them, cut them up, and set them aside. Then I dipped each cutlet in oil, then flour-salt n’peppa, egg mixture, and finally breadcrumbs.

I fried the cutlets in the hot skillet rubbed with a bit of oil, until they were brown on both sides. Slice cutlets into strips then set aside.

I heated a large pan with water. Then I cooked the carrots and broccoli stems for 3 minutes. I added the florets and cooked them for another 2 minutes. Drain the veggies.

By then the rice was cooked. I heaped the rice into a bowl, topped the rice with meat, veggies, and barbecue sauce. Then we ate. I love the mixture of brown and red rice. It’s nutty and al dente.

tonkatsu made with hazelnut flour

I like making tonkatsu because it’s so simple and easy: rice, meat, and vegetables all in one bowl. Make the rice first–in a rice cooker you push a button and forget it. Next, make the sauce. While it’s simmering on the stove,  prep the meat. That’s it! This is my gluten-free version. I used ground hazelnut meal/flour instead of Panko bread crumbs. What was sacrificed in the crunchiness of the crumb coating was made up for by the nutty flavor of the hazelnuts.

Oven-Fried Tonkatsu

Ingredients


  • 8 pork tenderloin medallions, pounded thin  (1 pound trimmed of fat and silver)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups ground hazelnut meal/flour (can use any nut flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

How to make it


  • Preheat oven to  400˚F for pork tenderloin medallions
  • Flatten each medallion to about ¼ inch thick.
  • Prepare a baking tray; spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a pie plate, combine the hazelnut meal, salt and pepper.
  • In another pie plate, pour the egg whites. Dip meat in egg whites
  • Roll meat lightly in flour mixture until coated.
  • Place each cutlet on the prepared baking tray.
  • Bake cutlets 10-15 minutes.
  • Slice meat into slivers about ½ inch wide.
  • Serve meat with warm rice, steamed broccoli, and tonkatsu sauce for dipping (see my recipe for homemade tonkatsu sauce below)

Tonkatsu Sauce (from grouprecipes.com)

Ingredients


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup sake or rice wine (substitute rice vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic or 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup mirin (substitute ¼ teaspoon sugar to ¼ cup white wine)

How to make it


  • Put all the above ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes skimming any foam that rises to the top.
  • Refrigerate extra sauce.
  • Makes about 3 cups.