Cooking On A Budget: Pork Cutlets ~ The Inexpensive Dinner Choice

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pork Cutlets ~ The Inexpensive Dinner Choice

Shop wisely, plan wisely and make inexpensive weeknight meals for your family.

The dinner you see pictured above with breaded pork cutlets, buttered egg noodles and sauteed squash is a dinner that you can make during the week with ease and does not take a lot of time to prepare or cook. In about 30-45 minutes you can have a delicious meal on the table for not a lot of money.

Recently I had someone tell me that they had to feed 2 adults and 3 children on $100.00 a week. This family is not alone - many people are on very strict food budgets and some don't even have that much to spend on food. This dinner as pictured above is one that we have quite often in our home: some breaded pork cutlets with egg noodles and a side vegetable. The cost: $9.36!

For some, it might be more financially sound to purchase an on sale boneless pork roast (a small one) and slice the cutlets yourself. Only you can determine what is best for your family. We have done that and have been able to slice enough cutlets for at least 3 meals.
  • 5 pork cutlets - pound down with a meat mallet to tenderize
  • 1 1/2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • granulated garlic to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil (olive oil or vegetable)
  1. Start out by prepping the cutlets. Lay them between plastic wrap and use the tenderizing end of the meat mallet and pound them down on both sides. Set on a plate and continue until all are pounded down. Season the meat on both sides with just a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. Make an egg wash with the eggs and milk in one dish. Whisk well. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Place the bread crumbs in another dish and season all to taste with the salt, black pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the butter and oil to the pan once it gets hot.
  5. Fry each cutlet for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes per side until golden brown. Set on a plate and keep warm in a low oven until your sides are ready.
Egg noodles often go on sale in our store for $1.00 per bag and they go very well with the pork cutlets. Any yellow or green zucchini sauteed in a little butter simply seasoned with salt and pepper makes for a nice side vegetable. Enjoy this dinner that for five worked out to $1.87 per person!

In under an hour your family will be dining on delicious pork cutlets and so happy to have a break from something boxed or canned.

For other pork dinners you might want to check out this post: The Versatility of Pork.

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