Seared Pork Tortas

Seared Pork Tortas Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Torta is Spanish for "sandwich"—and is usually a hefty stack of meat, beans, and veggies. Our lightened version packs pork, beans, and veggies between fresh baguette slices for a super sandwich that can feed the whole family.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

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Recipe Time

Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 441
Fat 15.2 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Monofat 7.3 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 46.9 g
Fiber 4.2 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Iron 3.7 mg
Sodium 806 mg
Calcium 147 mg

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 (2-ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops (1/4 inch thick)
1 (12-ounce) baguette, cut in half horizontally
1/2 cup canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons refrigerated fresh salsa
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 large tomato, cut into 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine cumin and salt; sprinkle evenly over pork. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 5 minutes; cut into thin slices.

3. Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving a 3/4-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread for another use. Place bread halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Place beans and salsa in a small bowl; mash with a fork until almost smooth. Spoon bean mixture into the bottom half of baguette. Top with pork, cheese, onion, tomato, jalapeño, avocado, and top half of baguette. Cut into 4 pieces.

Note:

David Bonom,

August 2010
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