Tonkatsu is a Japanese comfort food which consists of a deep fried pork cutlet. This version of Tonkatsu is much healthier, and allows you to enjoy the deliciousness without the guilt.
Ingredients (serves 4):
For the Batter:
** This recipe was developed for the Micom Toaster Oven (ET-ZLC30).? Adjustments may be necessary when using other models.
Make toasted panko. Place the rack on the upper rail. Turn the dial to select BAKE. Set the temperature and time to 275°F for 20 minutes, and press the OK button to start preheating.
Place panko and vegetable oil in a bowl and mix.
Line the bottom of the baking tray with aluminum foil and spread the panko mixture evenly.
When preheating completes, place the baking tray into the oven, and press the OK button to begin cooking. Be careful of the heated rack.
When finished, remove the baking tray and transfer the panko to a bowl and mix well.
Prepare the Tonkatsu meat. Line the bottom of the baking tray with aluminum foil and grease lightly with vegetable oil (not included in the ingredients list).
Make a few slits on the connective tissue between the meat and fat, pound with a meat tenderizer and sprinkle salt and pepper.
Combine ingredients for the batter in a bowl and mix.
Dip each pork piece through batter, then cover with the toasted panko and press lightly. Place onto the lined baking tray.
Bake the Tonkatsu. Place the rack on the lower rail. Turn the dial to select BAKE. Set the temperature to 400°F for 8 minutes, and press the OK button to start preheating.
When preheating completes, place the baking tray in the oven and press the OK button to begin cooking. Be careful of the heated rack.
When finished, remove the baking tray and flip each pork piece.
Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 8 minutes. Heat until cooked through.
*If ADD TIME is still blinking, you only need to set the cooking time. If ADD TIME is no longer displayed, please set the function, temperature, and time.
When finished, use a spatula to remove the Tonkatsu so the crust doesn't come off, cut into 1" (approx 2.5cm) wide strips.
Serve with mixed Tonkatsu sauce and enjoy!