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As Rach puts it, this recipe involves one of everybody's favorite four-letter words: Parm! Here, she subs pork for the classic veal or chicken, and it couldn't be more delicious. Adding grated Parmigiano cheese to the breading mixture adds lots of flavor. (And without Parmigiano cheese in the recipe, it couldn't be called Parm!) Round out the meal with a refreshing tre colore salad.
For the pork Parmigiana, heat EVOO in a Dutch oven or deep saucepan over medium heat, add onions and salt and cook for several minutes until onions are very soft. Add garlic and stir a minute. Deglaze with red wine and stir in tomato paste. Stir in red pepper, fennel and oregano. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer over low heat while you prepare the cutlets.
Pound pork shoulder to ½ to ¾ inch thick or butterfly loin chops and pound, trimming extra fat as needed. Season pork on both sides with salt and pepper. In a shallow dish, whisk up eggs and milk or half-and-half and a pinch of salt. Combine breadcrumbs and panko or homemade crumbs in another shallow dish with cheese and rosemary.
In a large shallow skillet or large cast-iron pan, heat ¼ inch oil (neutral oil combined with a little EVOO) over medium to medium-high heat.
Coat cutlets in egg and breadcrumbs, shallow fry to deep golden and transfer to wire rack in a tray lined with foil and parchment, then repeat. Hold, as needed, in a very low oven (250 to 275°F).
Preheat broiler, with rack at center.
Arrange chops on an ovenproof tray. Ladle sauce on chops, top with mozzarella and brown under the broiler. Serve with extra sauce on top and to pass at the table.
For the salad, combine greens, fennel and red onion in a bowl. Dress with lemon juice and EVOO. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.