Sometimes you get those chicken nuggets and you’re just not sure what part of the chicken they came from. We don’t know of too many chickens that come with meat that is processed and pressed together with unknown stuff and shaped into something called a nugget. However, a fresh pork tenderloin is an actual cut of pork that we can identify. It’s lean, healthy and natural. By simply thinly slicing a pork tenderloin and dipping the slices into a crunchy batter of panko bread crumbs and sliced almonds and baking for a few minutes, you’ve got yourself a delicious little nugget of tender meat that is completely recognizable.
Serve Crunchy Almond Pork Nuggets with this zesty honey mustard sauce and some steamed broccoli for an easy meal that you and your kids will love. And if your kids don’t like the little added spice of red pepper in the dipping sauce, just leave that out. And you can pick up a pork tenderloin at any local Safeway, Lucky or Zanotto’s markets along with panko bread crumbs, sliced almonds and everything else you need to make the easy meal for four.
1 1-pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of any fat and sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, beaten well
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- For easy clean up, line a shallow baking pan with foil. Fit a rack into the shallow baking pan and spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the panko bread crumbs, almonds, garlic powder, salt, ginger and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process or blend just long enough to break up the sliced almonds into coarse pieces. Transfer the mixture from food process or blender to a shallow dish.
- Dip each slice of pork first into the beaten egg and then into the bread crumb/almond mixture, patting it with fingers to completely cover all of the pork. Set each dipped piece on the prepared baking rack.
- Bake in the preheated oven 12 – 16 minutes until the crust is golden brown and crispy and the pork is very slightly pink in the center of one piece when cut in half. Remove from oven.
- While the pork is baking, in a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
Today is National Almond Day and here are some other great recipes using almonds:
- Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters with Sea Salt
- Coconut Almond Cocoa
- Almond Chicken Stir-fry
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