Tenderloin Trail - From deep-fried to upscale, discover your favorite pork tenderloin dish, Indiana’s signature food, along the Tenderloin Trail. Between bites, charming towns satisfy your appetite for shopping and art.Bun-Buster Tenderloin
This king-size sandwich is one version
of Indiana's "unofficial" state food.
Prep 20 minutes Cook 6 minutes
1 3⁄4 pounds pork tenderloin
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄4 teaspoon onion salt
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon milk
1⁄2 cup seasoned fine dry
Cooking oil or shortening for
4 large warm hamburger buns or
kaiser rolls, split and toasted
Sliced dill pickles
1. Cut pork crosswise into four servingsize slices. Place between two pieces of plastic wrap. Working from the center, pound the pork lightly with the flat side
of a meat mallet to 1⁄4-inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap.
2. In a shallow dish, combine flour, onion salt, garlic salt and pepper. In a second shallow dish, stir together egg and milk. Place bread crumbs in a third dish. Dip
each tenderloin slice first into the flour mixture then into the egg mixture. Coat well with bread crumbs.
3. Carefully drop one tenderloin at a time into deep hot oil (365°). Fry for 11⁄2 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oil; drain on paper towels.
(Place on a baking sheet in a 300° oven to keep warm while frying the remaining tenderloins.)
4. Serve on warm buns. Pass the ketchup, mustard, onion slices and dill pickles.
Makes 4 servings.
Test Kitchen tip: For less mess, place the bread crumbs in a plastic bag. Add the tenderloin slices that have been dipped in the egg mixture, a few at a time, shaking to coat the pieces thoroughly.
Don't miss the destination!
Just north of Indianapolis, fast growing Carmel's newly revitalized downtown and top-notch attractions make it a
worthy destination all its own. Discerning shoppers explore Clay Terrace Mall for upscale finds, while foodies sate their appetites at Pizzology and the Brockway Public House. On the cultural front, the City Center entertainment district is home to the fabulous Center for the Performing Arts.
For an authentic taste of Indiana, get acquainted with the Tenderloin Trail, a group of Hamilton County
restaurants each offering their own version of the breaded pork Hoosier specialty, some using highly guarded secret recipes. (Visit chowtownindiana.com for a list of restaurants and a handy map.)
Artfully transformed, Old Town Carmel's beautiful historic brick buildings now house interior designers, art galleries and antiques shops in the Arts and Design District.
The area also boasts popular restaurants like Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream and Muldoon's, as well as specialty retail shops.