Portland Pork Schnitzel-wiches with Pinot-Blackberry Gravy

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, January 4, 2012

Aired January 4, 2012

Serves 4
1/2 cup hazelnuts, peeled, chopped toasted
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 1/4 pounds pork cutlets from tenderloin, pounded 1/8 inch thick
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
Canola or other frying oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 large shallot, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup pinot noir
1/4 to 1/2 cup mashed blackberries
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh thyme
Bread and Butter pickle slices
4 crusty ciabatta rolls or hoagie rolls

Grind nuts in food processor into fine crumbs then combine with breadcrumbs in shallow dish. Line up 2 more dishes with flour and eggs alongside the breadcrumbs. Season cutlets with salt and pepper and coat in flour, egg then breadcrumbs.

Heat a shallow layer of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Preheat oven to 275F and place a metal cooling rack over a baking sheet.

Fry cutlets until golden brown in small batches, 2-3 minutes on each side. Place finished cutlets on the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook 2-3 minutes. Add flour and whisk 1 minute; whisk in wine and reduce 1 minute. Stir in blackberries and stock, season with salt and pepper, and cook to thicken.

Combine herbs and chop.

Place schnitzel on rolls slathered with some pinot blackberry gravy. Arrange a few pickles on top of the schnitzel, sprinkle with chopped herbs and set bun top in place.