You know that feeling when you take a bite of something and it sends you back to your childhood?
That’s exactly what I feel every time I cook and eat this flamenquin.
Inspired by the classic flamenquin from Cordoba (Andalusia), I like to add a twist to this traditional recipe by adding a slice of cheese and Iberian ham to the recipe for an extra kick of saltiness and creaminess.
This recipe is one of my favorites because it is very simple, and each ingredient contributes to a sublime flavor profile. Crispy on the outside and juicy and tender in the inside, you definitely want to give this meal a try.
Let’s get started!
1 pork fillet per person
1 slice of Serrano ham per person
1 slice of cheese, like gruyere
2 eggs beaten
120g breadcrumbs (¼ pound)
Extra virgin olive oil for frying
- 1 cutting board
- 1 roll of plastic wrap
- 1 rolling pin
- 1 bowl for the breadcrumbs
- 1 bowl for the beaten eggs
- 1 large frying pan
Step 1. Prep and breading
- One by one, place each pork fillet between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet or a rolling pin to flatten to ¼ – inch or the thinnest you can get it.
- Remove the sheet of plastic wrap on top. Leave the sheet of plastic wrap in the bottom to aid in the rolling of the meat.
- Place one slice of ham on top of the pork, followed by one slice of cheese.
- Carefully roll the meat, ham and cheese together to form a log. Make sure that the outer layer is the pork fillet.
- When the roll is completed, gently submerge each piece of meat into the beaten eggs.
- Then, gently roll it in the breadcrumbs (or flour if you do not have breadcrumbs).
Step 2. Frying
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and fill it with olive oil to a depth of 2 cm
- When the oil is hot, fry the flamenquines one by one. Make sure that you place them seam side down the pan.
- Cook each side until it turns into a nice golden color. This way, the pork will be perfectly cooked and the cheese will be melted.
- Remove the flamenquines from the oil and place them on a piece of paper towel to drain any excess oil.
Step 3. Plating up
Serve them hot with french fries or a green salad…or both!!