Cotoletta di Maiale "Dijon" con Patate, Mele e Germogli di Ravanelli
Dijon Pork Cutlet with Potato, Apple and Radish Sprouts
certainly are some strange saying out there- such as "cutting the
mustard", which refers to something or some one being good enough to
make the grade. Well this here dish makes the grade with flying colors
by using the mustard!
Wonderful, grainy, Dijon mustard
is a great friend of pork and thyme... and together with tangy apple
and caraway seed, they make for a wonderful, seasonal combination!
maybe a little unspectacular looking, the potatoes in this dish are
actually really delicious and need to be prepared first. We all have to
begin somewhere! They will need to be boiled and ready by the time our
pork is ready to go into the oven- so boil them in a mix of half water,
half milk, with a couple of bay leaves and a little nutmeg.
especially a simple cutlet like this, does tend to dry out very quickly
if it overcooks even just a little. And alas, most people still fear
leaving their pork too rare, as this is one of those age-old pieces of
kitchen wisdom from the times before people had refrigerators! No, of
course the meat must be properly cooked, but I tend to believe that a
high heat for a short amount of time is more likely to bring success
than a lower heat for a longer time.
help reduce risk further, using another source of valuable, tasty
juices whilst preparing the pork can only be beneficial- in this case
some tangy apple slices. I fried them together in a non-stick pan with a
little clarified butter, a couple of sprigs of thyme and a generous
sprinkle of caraway seeds. After 3-4 minutes of high heat from both
sides, I removed the pork from the flame and only now seasoned with salt
and pepper, as the salt would have drawn moisture from the pork whilst
cooking. I then spread the meat with dijon mustard and sprinkled the
apples with a little sugar and salt.
The next thing I did
was to take the boiled potato and to cut an "x" into it and squash it
down so that it opened up a little. I then added a pat of butter and put
the potato, pork and apple back into the oven and under the broiler for
a couple of minutes to bring everything back up to temperature and
voila! Supper was ready to serve!
I added a little bunch of radish sprouts which were lightly
dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, which gave a nice
hint of freshness to the dish as well as a lovely colorful accent... You could almost believe it is Springtime!