Crispy Iowa Skinny
Don't let the name fool you-this is one hefty sandwich showcasing tender pork pounded thin, battered, and pan-fried to a crunchy golden brown.
Why This Recipe Works
An Iowa skinny is a fried pork sandwich that’s as good as it is simple to make. But while nearly every recipe for this regional favorite agrees on the meat (pork tenderloin) and the method (pounded extra-thin and shallow fried), there is little agreement regarding the best way to achieve the requisite golden-brown, crunchy coating. For our Iowa skinny recipe, a coating of flour, egg, and both bread crumbs and saltine cracker crumbs took care of the crunchy, while adding mayonnaise to the mixture added a nice richness and sweet tang that enhanced the pork flavor without weighing down the crust.