The Breaded Pork Tenderloin – Trip Down Memory Part 2

The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich played a big part in my childhood. Whenever I got sick, my mom would buy me two (yes, 2!). It would instantly make me feel better. Thank goodness, you can’t get them in Los Angeles! I would have to limit myself to one per month!

The Pork Tenderloin Sandwich contains a breaded and fried cutlet similar to the Wiener Schnitzel and is popular in the Midwest region of the United States.

The Pork Tenderloin Sandwich was the subject of a 1998 documentary film, In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Tenderloin. In the documentary, the two filmmakers search throughout Indiana in search of the perfect Pork Tenderloin sandwich.

The primary differences between a Pork Tenderloin sandwich and a Wiener Schnitzel is that the Pork Tenderloin sandwich is made exclusively using pork loin and it is deep fried instead of pan fried. The Pork Tenderloin sandwich is also usually served on a bun. There is a grilled variant of the Pork Tenderloin that omits the breading and grills the tenderloin instead of deep frying it.

A Pork Tenderloin sandwich is traditionally prepared from a thinly sliced piece of pork tenderloin, hammered thin with a meat mallet. The meat is then dipped in flour, eggs and breadcrumbs before being deep fried in oil. After cooking, the prepared Pork Tenderloin is then served on a hamburger bun. The sandwich can be served with condiments such as mustard, lettuce, onions, pickles, and mayonnaise.

The sandwich is usually served with a side of french fries, though onion rings are often provided instead.

Indiana and Iowa both vie for the reputation of “Best Tenderloin” (albeit, unofficially).


4 thoughts on “The Breaded Pork Tenderloin – Trip Down Memory Part 2

  1. You forgot to mention the best place to get your breaded tenderloin…the Penguin Point. They serve theirs with a slice of american cheese, shredded cabbage and tartar sauce. Absolutely the most delicious taste sensation 🙂

  2. In the small town of Butte Montana this sandwich is King! I grew up with them too. Either going to the local restaraunt called Pork Chop Johns, or if I had extra time, wait with the crowd outside a small place called the ‘Freeway Tavern” for the one and only whop-chop. Not as flat as other tenderloin sandwiches but still tender and juicy. I may be biased, but I would say they have the best tenderloin. They even had it on Man vs. Food! I’ve moved to California and currently living in L.A. I’ve been craving this sandwich for months now and found this blog while trying to find a place here that serves them. Unfortunately you’re right, you can’t find it. *sigh* I guess I will just continue shaking from the withdrawal.

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