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Latvian Pork Chops (Karbonade)

Latvian Pork Chops (Karbonade)

Around the World for £4 or less took us to Latvia for “L” yesterday evening. The following is certainly not traditional, Sue though the recipe was a bit boring so she added her unique twist. We probably went over budget as well, but the Karbonade was a meal on its own without crispy frying the Pork and certainly without the giant Yorkshire pudding!
 
Ingredients:-
 
4 Pork Chops, cut into strips
Spring Cabbage, sliced
1 Carrot, cut into batons
2 Eggs
Oil for frying
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 tbsp of Butter / Margarine
1 Onion, chopped
Mushrooms, chopped
Single Cream
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp Dill
 
Method:-
 
(1) Season the Pork with Salt & Pepper.
(2) Heat Oil on a medium heat.
(3) Put flour (We used Gluten Free) on a plate
(4) Beat the Eggs in a bowl.
(5) Dredge the Pork in flour and then Egg.
(6) Fly for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown and set aside.
(7) Return the pan a medium heat, add Onions and cook until softened.
(8) Add chopped mushrooms, Carrot and Cabbage, stirring occasionally.
(9) Add Cream and cook for a further 2 minutes.
(10) Stir in the Lemon juice and Dill
(11) Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
 
We served our Karbonade I a giant Yorkshire Pudding with the crispy fried Pork over the top. Traditional? I suspect not in the slightest!
 
 

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Battered and Breaded coated recipe, eat will on universal credit

Generally you might expect to be able to get Battered and Breaded meat and fish either chilled or frozen. But the Gluten free options are really quite poor and very expensive. So we’ve been tinkering. We’d already got the Batter part of the gig sorted, but sometimes you just fancy that crispy bite.  

Often Gluten Free recipes suggest an Egg wash to secure the Bread Crumbs. But that doesn’t hold any flavour you’ve imparted into the meat and the Crumbs often float off and ruin your Oil.

We think it’s fair to say we’ve fixed it!

These are approximate measures because the amount of Batter you need will depend on the quantity of Meat or Fish you are battering. The ration of Cornflour to Gram Flour is the most important part.

Batter Mix:-

1 Part Gram Flour to 3 Parts Cornflour
1 Tsp of Garlic Granules
¼ Tsp of Asafoe Tida (If it’s pure from a wholefoods shop go steady with it!)
1 Tsp of Hot Chilli Powder
1 Tsp of Baking Powder
Salt & Pepper to season
Soda Water – Sufficient to make a thick batter

Bread Crumb Mix:-

Wuzzed up Bread (Gluten free for us)
1 Tsp of Mixed Herbs
Salt & Pepper to season

Cornflour to dress the meat.

Method:-

(1) Marinade your Meat or Fish to suit the style of your meal.
(2) Whisk all the batter ingredients for make a thick batter.
(3) Heat a fryer to 170c.
(4) Dredge the Meat / Fish in Cornflour.
(5) Dunk individual pieces in the Batter.
(6) Coat in the seasoned Bread Crumbs.
(7) Fry in small batches until golden brown.
(8) Remove and drain.
(9) When you have fried everything re-dunk so they are all at a universal temperature, drain and serve.

This recipe works really well with Chicken, Pork, King Prawns etc. But be aware that it really bulks out the quantity of the finished product, so you might need to reduce the amount of Meat / Fish you  would expect to use. Or just snack on them for breakfast, as we do!!!!!

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