Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn and ground red pepper; sauté 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add milk, vinegar, and cream cheese; cook 1 minute or until cream cheese melts, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Stir in bell pepper, onion, and parsley. Let stand at room temperature.
Place pork slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to an even 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or a small heavy skillet. Discard plastic wrap. Sprinkle pork evenly with salt and pepper. Combine egg and 1 teaspoon water in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Place flour and panko in separate dishes. Dredge pork in flour. Dip in egg mixture; dredge in panko. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add pork; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned and done.
Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top with 1 pork slice. Spread about 3 tablespoons corn relish on each; top each with top half of bun.
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What's this "Indiana" stuff? Pork "loin" sandwiches were part of the fast food scene in Iowa in the 50s and 60s during my childhood, and I've been doing these pork schnitzels since I was a teen.The corn "relish," ie creamed "Mexi-corn" with the onion and pepper more thoroughly cooked, was a pretty common Iowa side dish when I was growing up, although putting it on a sandwich is a new idea for me. For those unsure about the quantity, a package of regular 1/2" sliced boneless pork loin chops (not thin sliced) is going to be about right and you will be amazed at the surface size once correctly pounded out--between twice and triple the original. For those who complain about bland, it's pretty easy to up the seasoning with some cayenne, garlic granules, herbs to taste, etc. I also add grated parmesan cheese to the crumbs to get a crunchier surface--make sure the pan is hot before adding the fat, and that the oil is hot before adding the meat. We like ours with mustard and green pickle, but I'm going to try it with the corn. This basic recipe is pretty good--except for that Indiana thing in the title!
We thought this was amazing!! Made recipe exactly as stated, except that each pork slice may have been a bit little smaller than the recipe called for (I wasn't sure what 3 oz looked like so I just cut 1-inch thickness then pounded to 1/4 inch) and I toasted the buns under the broiler. I ended up needing more panko than the recipe called for (by about 2 Tablespoons). Served with small portions of Smoky Three Bean Bake and Stewed Collards (both CL recipes).
DH said it reminded him of a sandwich he used to get as a boy in the midwest at a local burger joint. Will definitely add this to the regular rotation. Our only complaint is that the relish didn't seem to want to stay in the sandwich - needed to be a bit more spreadable. I also sauteed the onion and pepper with the corn to soften it up a bit.
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