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story.lead_photo.caption This Oct. 4, 2018 photo shows five-ingredient cheesy pork steaks in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

The appeal of a dish consisting of just five ingredients is pretty obvious — it's easy to make and it takes almost no time to land on the table. Even so, it helps to start with a quick-cooking and naturally tender protein such as the pork tenderloin at the center of this recipe for Cheesy Pork Steaks.

Like beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin is the most tender cut of meat on the animal because it's a muscle that's not used very much. And pork tenderloin will stay tender when you cook it — as long as you don't overcook it.

Grating the cheese and prepping the other ingredients will only take about 10 minutes. Cooking the meat, likewise, takes 10 minutes. Given, then, how quick they are to make — and how delicious they are to eat — don't be surprised if these cheesy pork steaks become a permanent part of your weeknight lineup. The crispy cheesy coating alone makes it a crowd-pleaser. You can serve it straight up with a spritz of lemon, but you're welcome to dress it up a bit, topping it off with a marinara or mushroom sauce.

Cheesy Pork Steaks

1 pork loin, trimmed (1 to 1¼ pounds)

½ cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs

1 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (a scant cup using a Microplane)

1 egg

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Lemon wedges for garnish

Slice the pork diagonally at a 45-degree angle into 8 pieces, each about ¾-inch thick. Don't worry if the pieces aren't all the same size. Just make sure they are all ¾ inches thick.

In a shallow bowl combine the crumbs and cheese. In another shallow bowl lightly beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water. Dip each piece of pork into the beaten egg, letting the excess drip off, and then into the crumbs, packing the crumbs on all sides.

In a large skillet, heat 1½ tablespoons of the oil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the pork pieces. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn the slices, add the rest of the olive oil to the pan, and cook 3 minutes longer until the pork is golden.

Transfer the pork to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer two pieces of pork to each plate and serve with a lemon wedge.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information: Each serving contains approximately 310 calories, 30 g protein, 15 g fat, 10 g carbohydrate (1 g sugar), 135 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium and no fiber.

Carbohydrate choices: 0.

Food on 11/07/2018

Print Headline: Cheesy pork steaks weeknight favorite

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