I was watching TikTok videos the other day and up popped one for chicken cutlets. I’ve never made them and technically, I still haven’t 🙂
I had pork chops out for dinner with no idea what to do with them….then that video popped up. She used bread crumbs & panko…neither of which did I have. I do have some sage bread I made a long while ago for stuffing that I could whazamagate into bread crumbs, but then I remembered – I have a box of sad & lonely regular/original Cheerios. I bet those would work.
They do! They do remarkably well. So, if you have boxes of Cheerios that you don’t remember ever buying….it multiplies like pasta, I swear….buzz some up in the food processor and whale the tar out of them with a rolling pin and use the crumbs for breading.
4 pork loin chops, about 1/2 inch thick, smashed thin with a meat mallet or a wooden rolling pin and some anger issues
2 cups of Cheerios, ground or beaten down to crumbs
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1-1/2 to 2 cups vegetable oil or other neutral, high smoke point oil for frying
Beat the pork chops to thin shadows of their former selves. Mix the Cheerio crumbs with the salt, pepper & paprika. Coat the pork chops, pressing the crumbs onto the meat. Heat up the oil in a shallow pan on medium to medium high heat. I used a cast iron frying pan (I could only fry two at a time) – do not use a non stick pan. Wait until the oil shimmers (there will be movement of the oil on the bottom of the pan) then add the chops and fry the first side until it is golden brown (3 to 4 minutes). Flip, carefully & away from you, and fry the other side (4 to 5 minutes). I must confess, because it’s pork, I cut into each one when done to make sure it was done….rare pork doesn’t work for me!
And that’s it. They were crunchy and delicious and if you didn’t know Cheerios gave their life for the breading, you never would. Don’t use Honey Nut Cheerios, though or the Apple ones. 🙂