Sunday, September 13

Announcing My Second Book and Football Season

Good news, I'm writing a second book!

I can't tell you the details, but it's gonna be big. Well, little actually, but big. It'll be out November, 2010, and it may or may not mention football. OK, football will be mentioned, but I can't tell you how yet.

For now, let's focus on this football season. Yes, boys and girls, it's that time of year again. Emmitt Smith and I are ready for some football: We're getting our pork recipes goin' on offense. What's that? You don't have a game plan?

OK, I'll pull out my play book for you. Just don't share it with the Giants. I can't stand the Giants.
  • Keep it simple. It should be hearty, laid-back grub. No fuss. No frills. No sushi.
  • Include foods you can hold in your hand like sandwiches, burgers, and pizza. That leaves your other hand free to switch to other games during commercials.
  • Anything messy, cheesy, spicy, and/or fried is always welcome. Think mac n' cheese, BBQ baby back ribs, beer battered onion rings, and super nachos.
  • The more dishes that include bacon the better. Including desserts.
  • You can't go wrong with anything Mexican.
  • Hot stick-to-your-ribs dishes like chili, sloppy joes, and jumbalaya are especially good for the second half of the season, when temps dip and fans need some comfort.
  • In addition to drinking it, feel free to add beer to any dish possible.

pork tenderloin sandwich

Jeff and I are having Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches for Monday Night Football. A pork tenderloin sandwich is perfect football food: it's simple, filling, can be held in one hand, and gets along well with cold beer. If you've never had one, think of it as a chicken fried steak, but with pork, and no gravy.

We're ready for some football. Are you? What's your favorite football food?

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
Makes 2 sandwiches
Print recipe only here.

2 (4-6 oz) pork tenderloin cutlets
2 eggs
4 tablespoons milk
several shakes of salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cornmeal
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 hamburgers buns
2 tablespoons mayo
10-12 pickle chips
4-6 slices white onion, optional

1. Trim any fat off of the cutlets. Then using a meat mallet, pound the cutlets to 1/8-inch thickness.

2. In a small bowl whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Place flour in a shallow plate. Place cornmeal in a separate shallow plate.

3. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

4. Dip one cutlet at a time in the egg mixture, then dredge in flour. Dip in the egg again, then dredge in cornmeal, until completely coated. Place in hot oil. Fry 3-4 minutes. Flip once; fry 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

5. Spread mayo on the insides of the hamburger buns. Place one cutlet on each bottom half of the buns. Top with half the pickle chips and onion slices, if using. Close the sandwiches, and eat 'em while they're hot.

Here are more football-friendly foods you might enjoy:

The Southwest Hamburger

Patriots' Potato Pizza Yes, those Patriots.

New England Clam Chowder

Football Photo: Benj Haisch


Sig said...

Two books! Way to go Susan, can't wait! But football season, hmmm.. that I can wait- forever! Hate football, love the grub though. :)

Sean said...

Good luck with the 2nd book! You can't go wrong w/ anything bacon (until Topchef last week proved otherwise).

If it's just me, some good ol' leftovers but when people are over, I like the help yourself plays. Nachos, brownies, tacos, pulled pork...Yeah you said it best. You can't go wrong w/ Mexican.

Anh said...

Congrats Susan! I cannot wait ;)

Kalyn Denny said...

Congratulations! Look forward to hearing more about it. (Sorry though, but I hate football. Not even the food is enough to get me to watch it.)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats! That sandwich looks marvelous!

Enjoy the football season!



Rita said...

I don't care for American footbal, but I am very excited about your second book! Congratulations! You deserve it!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Congrats on having your second book published Susan.

nora@ffr said...

congatulations!! and good luck wit ye second book :) that sandwich sound terrific :)

The Italian Dish said...

Congratulations - can't wait to hear the details of your second book. Love the sandwiches - great alternative to the usual pulled pork. My hubby will love these.

Anonymous said...

Mmm, nachos. And chili. Chili just goes with football.

And even if your reference to Emmitt is in pork only here, I'm an Emmitt fan (Cowboys fan) so I'll go with it. :)

And those pickles on that sandwich make it look so yummy!

Patsyk said...

Congratulations on the new book deal! How exciting!

Football is all about yummy food that is easy to eat with your hands! Those sandwiches look perfect!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the second book! Looks like you have a real double header tonight--the pats and the Chargers.
We loves us some homemade pizza during games. Grab a beer to go with that and you are set.

Jennifer B said...

I'm a fan of any meal that is simple, delicious and still lets you hold a beer in your other hand!

Mishmash ! said...

hey..congrats susan.....:) so is the first one complete or u would be writing both simultaneously? can imagine it 's lots of wishes :)

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Congratulations Susan! Sounds like some good tailgate grub in that book! I can't wait to hear more.

Barbara said...

That's wonderful news! I'll be looking forward to it! And that sandwich might just turn me into a football fan afterall.

Juliana said...

Congratulations on your second book :-) And the pork tenderloin looks so delicious...can almost taste the crunchyness of the crust...yummie!

Nanette said...

Congratulations on your second book Susan! I do more baseball food than football food and it is usually Mexican.

Jennifer said...

This is wonderful news. Congrats!

elly said...

Those look fabulous! I love crusting meats with cornmeal. Such a nice change of pace from bread crumbs. Congrats on your second book!

Maria said...

Congratulations on your second book! That is great news. I am loving football season already, minus the Bears horrible game last night:)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love your rules for football food. It all sounds perfect. My husband's favorite football food has to be a big bowl of salty, buttery popcorn. But I'm sure if I spoiled him like you do your husband, he'd be a happy fan, too.

Cara said...

Congrats! Look forward to hearing more on your book. And, go Pats :)

Amy said...

Congrats! Looking forward to both of your books! Go not! :) One would think they might be able to beat last year's "record" though!

Esi said...

These sandwiches sound great! Perfect football watching material. Congrats on the second book!

kathryn said...

A second book Susan, well that's just great news - well done.

Johanna GGG said...

we don't have football food because we so rarely watch the footy (and our football is aussie rules which is very different to yours) but I made a great baked polenta squares with mozzarella on it tonight which I was saying to E would be great for a crowd - this is the sort of thing I would serve

you have me curious about that book - even though I am vegetarian I am keen to see your bacon in dessert!

chow and chatter said...

great sandwich and congrats on the book

Nic said...

Another book? About American football? My boys would love that, but I'll stick to the sarnies, LOL!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

sig-At least you like the grub. 1 out of 2 ain't bad!

sean-I'll be coming over your house next week!


kalyn-Not even pulled pork sandwiches? Come on, no one can pass up pulled pork sandwiches. ;)

rosa-Thank you!

rita-That's kind of you to say.

val-Thanks, my dear!

nora-Thank you kindly!

elaine-Yeah, and they're a lot easier to make too!

pastyk-You just can't go wrong with sandwiches.

tastyeatsathome-Now that T.O.'s gone, I may be able to start rooting for the Cowbowys in some games! And those pickles are ridiculously delicious on that sandwich!

george-I'm with you. I love to make homemade pizza on Sundays while football is on. It's so good.

jennifer-That 'a girl.

shn-They're overlapping a little, but I'm not complaining! I feel fortunate. :)

alisa-Oh, thanks so much!

barbara-That's what I like to hear.

juliana-You should hear the crunch when you bite into it!

nanette-I always think of sausage and pepper sandwiches for baseball viewing. It's a Red Sox thing.

jennifer-Thank you!

elly-I agree. The cornmeal has so much texture and added flavor.

maria-I know. And poor Brian Urlacher. That's awful.

lynn- Oh, we love salty buttered popcorn too. That usually comes after the tacos, pizza, sandwiches, etc. ;o

cara-Go Pats!!

amy-Yeah, one would think. ;)

esi-Glad you like it!

kathryn-I appreciate that.

johanna-I adore baked polenta with mozzarella! I'd watch any sport where that was being served. :)

chowandchatter-Many thanks!

nic-It's not about football. But it will include some football friendly grub. :)

ChichaJo said...

We don't really have American football over here (and the hubby follows soccer a lot more) but I could definitely go for that pork tenderloin sandwich no matter what I was watching! :)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Not a football (or a soccer) fan and a vegetarian to boot! ;-)
But hey, congratulations on the second book.

lisaiscooking said...

When I was growing up, pork tenderloin sandwiches were a favorite in my family. Congratulations on your second book!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love football and Emmett!


This is a message to let you know that your blog is the feature of the Daily Blog Review today.

You can check out the review at my blog: All That and a Box of Rocks at

Have a great day!
@ All That and a Box of Rocks

Susan from Food Blogga said...

joey-I couldn't agree with you more!

aparna-Thanks so much! I'd say try it with tofu, but it's just not nearly the same. :)

lisaiscooking-I'm assuming you grew up in the Midwest?

lisa-Emmett is pretty cool. And thanks for the feature! I'll be right over to check it out!

Hornsfan said...

Looks like some delish football food!

Lisa Johnson said...

No pork for me, but congratulations on the second book! Exciting news! ; )

The Food Librarian said...

Congrats on the second book!! And this sandwich looks lovely! - mary

Maggie said...

This looks tasty! and congrats on the book.

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook said...

Congrats on the book - seems to be going around...


Great meeting you two at BlogHer, but after reading this post I realized nobody's perfect. Patriots?! I suppose it makes sense, but still. Go Big Blue!

Hank the Giants Fan

Deborah Dowd said...

How exciting Susan- both the cookbooks and the start of football! In our family Sunday afternoons in fall and through early winter are devoted to football food this year the Redskin's performance has not exactly whetted the appetite

athlete nutrition said...

I'm excited about the two books Susan. This will be a good read.