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Yield
4 servings (serving size: 3 cutlets)
Randy Mayor

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Cut pork crosswise into 12 (1-inch-thick) pieces. Place each piece between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in flour mixture. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of pork; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove pork from pan. Repeat with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and remaining pork.

Step 3

Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Stir in sauce and red pepper; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in basil.

Step 4

Place pork on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Top each piece with about 1 tablespoon pasta sauce mixture and 1/2 teaspoon cheese. Bake at 450° for 5 minutes or until pork is done and cheese is melted.

Step 5

Wine note: These savory pork cutlets take much of their flavor from the tomato-basil sauce. Tomatoes are, of course, high in acidity, and basil has a distinct herbal tang. Both factors work well with a juicy, medium-bodied Italian red that's not too powerful or tannic. Italian Dolcettos fill the bill perfectly. A delicious wine: Conterno Fantino Dolcetto d'Alba "Bricco Bastia" 2005 ($21). -Karen MacNeil

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