Sauteed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce

This was incredible.

I was interested in this recipe because of the mustard/cider combination. America's Test Kitchen knows what they are doing. It was the perfect combination of sweet and interesting flavors that paired perfectly with the pork.

Just wait until you see what we had for dessert (I'll post it tomorrow!!)

Sauteed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 pounds boneless country-style pork spareribs, cut lengthwise into 2 or 3 cutlets about 3/8 inch wide each
4 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter cut into 6 equal pieces
1 small shallot, minced
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
1/4 cup apple cider (or I used apple juice and it worked great)
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh sage (or dry)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard

1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon salt and the sugar in 2 cups water in a medium bowl. Gently pound each pork cutlet until 1/4 inch thick (I had a hard time getting mine this thin, so I had to adjust the cooking time accordingly in steps 3 & 4). Submerge the cutlets in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes (DO NOT OVERBRINE!).

2. Meanwhile, melt 2 pieces of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the flour and dry mustard and cook for 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in the broth, smoothing out the lumps. Stir in the cider and sage, bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and set aside.

3. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Remove the cutlets from the brine, dry thoroughly, and season with pepper. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 more piece butter, let it melt, then quickly lay half of the cutlets into the skillet. Cook until browned on the first side, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Using tongs, flip the cutlets and cook until browned on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the cutlets to a large plate and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining cutlets and 1 more piece of butter.

5. Return the empty skillet to medium heat, add the reserved broth mixture, and bring to a simmer. Cook, scraping up the browned bits, until the sauce is slightly thickened and has reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 2 minutes.

6. Off the heat whisk in the whole-grain mustard and remaining 2 pieces butter. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, spoon it over the cutlets and serve immediately. It is delicious with mashed potatoes!!

{The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2011 Cookbook}

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