Today I invented a new recipe for us to try. I am guessing someone else might have made something similar but when I searched it out nothing came up. So I just started thinking of how can I fix these thin cut pork cutlets, we wanted something different from my normal ways of cooking them, stir-fry. Last night we ordered Chinese take-out so I was not going to do stir-fry so I opted for Italian. No surprise there, huh? Enough blabbering, I’ve done enough of that lately.
Pork Rollatini with Tomatoes
1 pound boneless pork cutlets 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves
2 sprigs fresh oregano
salt and pepper
1 medium onion sliced
3 cloves of garlic sliced fine
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
Pound each cutlet to 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Spread a little of each cheese, some herbs and salt and pepper on each cutlet. Roll up, cigar style, and secure with toothpicks. Don’t spread the filling to the outer edges or it will all leak out. Be sure to wrap them tight.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add oil and butter. When butter is melted add onions. Cook until almost soft. See the pink in there? I had a cutlet that was rather small and fatty so I diced it up and added it to the pan with the onion. It made the sauce.
When the onions are soft, add in the garlic, stir and lower heat a bit. Add in the pork rolls and brown on all sides, turning carefully. Add more oil if they are sticking.
When the pork is all browned, add the can of crushed tomatoes and a little water, wine or broth. Lower heat to simmer or low and cook for 30 minutes or until done.
We had pasta with these and all I kept hearing from Phil was how good they were, how good the sauce was and then this noise of “mmmmmmmmm” repeated over and over again. I guess it was a hit. I think the fresh herbs are what made the difference in how the pork tasted and then adding that little bit of pork to the onions to flavor the sauce made a huge impact as well.