Deep Fried Pork Nuggets with Spiced Dipping Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine

Serves 10 to 12 as an appetizer


Pork Nuggets

  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1½ cups whole-grain Creole mustard
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 lbs pork loin, cut into chunks
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne

Spicy Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup  sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Crispy Fried Pork Nuggets

pork nuggets 

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Preheat a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot to 375ºF. Add enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the chives, jalapenos, shallots, garlic, white wine vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Season the pork with salt and pepper, to taste. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the buttermilk and egg together. In a large bowl, combine the flour, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper, to taste. Coat the pork on all sides in the buttermilk. Drain the excess buttermilk from the pork and add the chunks to the flour. Toss the pork in the flour insuring all of the pork is coated evenly. Shake off excess flour. Working in batches, deep fry the nuggets until cooked through and crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pork from the fryer to a paper towel lined platter to drain. Keep warm in oven until finished. Transfer the pork to a serving platter and serve with Spicy Dipping Sauce.

Spicy Dipping Sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve hot with dipping sauce on the side.



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