Fried Pork Rolls with Ham
- TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
Claudia Bassols, the Spanish actress who joined Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow on their road trip, has a love for pork that rivals Batali's own. In Andalucía, she was particularly fond of the flamenquines, decadent fried pork cutlets wrapped around jamón (ham).
- Eight 1/2-inch-thick boneless pork loin chops (3 ounces each)
- Freshly ground pepper
- 8 thin slices of serrano ham
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 1/4 cups dry bread crumbs
- Pure olive oil, for frying
- Mayonnaise, for serving
- Working with 1 pork chop at a time, place in a resealable plastic bag and pound into a 1/4-inch-thick cutlet. Arrange the cutlets on a work surface and season with pepper. Cover each cutlet with a slice of ham and, starting with the short end, roll tightly into a cylinder. Dust with the flour.
- In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the milk. Put the bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip the pork rolls in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs, pressing them on lightly. Transfer to a plate.
- In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil until shimmering. Add the pork rolls and fry over moderate heat, turning, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 155°, about 5 minutes. Transfer the rolls to paper towels. Serve hot, with mayonnaise.
These delicious fried pork rolls are possibly the ultimate snack food. There's no reason to pour a serious, brooding wine with theminstead, choose a generously fruity red, such as those produced from the up-and-coming regions in southeastern Spain. Jumilla, Yecla, and Alicante all produce wines made from the lush, spicy Monastrell grape (also known as Mourvèdre).