|Dijon Pork Paillard with Spinach and Flower Salad
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon grain mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon crème fraîche
Salt and pepper
4 thin-cut pork chops
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons Dijon
1 1/2 cups panko
1 1/2 cups baguette crumbs
Olive oil for pan frying
5 ounces prewashed baby spinach
3/4 ounce edible flowers
First, prepare the salad dressing. In a jar, combine the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, grain mustard, honey, crème fraiche, and salt and pepper. Twist on the cap and shake vigorously.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Pound the pork chops by placing them between two pieces of plastic wrap and smacking them repeatedly with a rolling pin until they are about 1/2-inch thick. Season well with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Set up your breading station by putting the flour in one pan. The eggs and Dijon mustard should be beaten together with salt and pepper in the second pan. The panko and baguette crumbs should be tossed together in the third pan. Pass the pounded pork pieces lightly through all three stations, shaking off any excess.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add just enough oil to coat the bottom and rise up 1/4-inch or so—enough to shallow fry.
Cook the pork about three minutes on each side, until golden. Transfer to a baking sheet, and finish cooking for 5 minutes in the oven.
While the pork is in the oven, toss the spinach and the flowers lightly with some of the dressing. You’ll have more left over for later in the week—it goes great on arugula too, or the season’s microgreens. Plate with one piece of pork in the center of each plate, and top with the spinach and flower salad. Picture perfect. Serve with wedges of lemon and extra whole grain mustard on the side. - serves 4 - Kerry Saretsky