FoodStep away from stovetop frying. Oven-baked cutlets are sensational

Step away from stovetop frying. Oven-baked cutlets are sensational

Baked minced cutlets - less fatty and much healthier
Baked minced cutlets - less fatty and much healthier
Images source: © Canva | konstantynzapylaie

4:04 PM EST, December 8, 2023

Minced cutlets are a familiar and cherished dish in our households, often finding their way onto our plates multiple times a month. Yet, we can't help but feel a pang of guilt, knowing that frying these cutlets in a substantial amount of fat isn't the healthiest option. So, how can we reconcile our love for minced meat with aiming for a healthier diet? The answer lies in a small culinary revolution.

Dieticians tirelessly tell us that deep-frying meat is not the healthiest method of cooking. This advice extends to both traditional pork cutlets and the minced cutlets adored by all ages. Does this mean we should renounce this classic dish? Absolutely not - that would be a dreadfully harrowing thought.

Let's be clear: minced cutlets have always been an integral part of our diet and will continue to be so. Nonetheless, every now and then, we feel the urge to mix things up. We yearn for a recipe revamp that transforms this calorie-laden, fatty-acid-heavy dish into a beacon of healthy eating. The first change: trading the frying pan for the oven and making baked cutlets. And the second: including a few unexpected ingredients that will render our minced meat healthier and incredibly flavorful!

Baked minced cutlets with health-conscious ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1.3 lbs of minced pork,
  • 0.4 lbs of semi-skimmed cottage cheese,
  • 3 cloves of garlic,
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter,
  • 1 tablespoon of oat bran,
  • 1/2 onion,
  • salt, pepper,
  • 1 tablespoon of marjoram,
  • sweet paprika,
  • smoked paprika.
Baked cutlets with cottage cheese and nut butter. Delicious!
Baked cutlets with cottage cheese and nut butter. Delicious!© Canva | mtoome

Method of preparation:

  1. Combine the minced pork, cottage cheese, chopped half of the onion, peanut butter, and oat bran in a large bowl. Add the pressed garlic cloves and seasonings: a spoonful of marjoram, salt, pepper, and half a teaspoon of each paprika. Mix everything well.
  2. Shape the mixture into cutlets and place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Pop the tray into a preheated oven set at 356°F. Bake for approximately 25–30 minutes. Your healthy, oven-baked cutlets are now ready. Bon appétit!
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