Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stir Fried Pork and Snow Peas with Sweet and Sour Sauce

I've blogged this one before, but the photo wasn't great and it's been quite awhile so here we go.

That time, I tried doing the whole stir fry by myself, only to discover I kept burning stuff after following the instructions to multitask.  This time, I got wise and asked my husband to man the stove while I did some of the other prep work.  As a result, this turned out perfect!

It was super sweet; next time, I will probably cut the sugar in the sauce by half.  Because it was sweet, though, my sons seemed to really enjoy it.  So, we'll mark it as a kid pleaser!

Stir Fried Pork and Snow Peas with Sweet and Sour SauceSource:  The Best 30 Minute Recipe Cook's Illustrated, viaSearchable Recipe Database
1 pound  Pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
    2 teaspoons  soy sauce
    2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
    1 recipe  Sweet-and Sour Sauce (see below)
    1  red onion, sliced thin
    6 ounces  snow peas, strings removed
    1 20-ounce can  diced pineapple, drained
    3 cloves  garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon  fresh ginger, grated
Making the minutes Count:

Prepare the suce while the pork cooks. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger while the vegetables cook.

Stir-fry Pork and prepare sauce: Toss pork with soy sauce. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in 12 inch nonstick skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up clumps, until lightly browned, about 3minutes. (While pork cooks, prrepare sauce.) Transfer pork to clean bowl

Stir-Fry Vegetables and Pineapple. Add 1 more tablespoon of oil to pan and return to high heat until shimmering. Add onion and snow peas and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add pineapple and cook until warmed through

Combine and Simmer: Clear center of pan and add remainineg 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, and gingner. Cook, mashing garlic mixture into pan with bakck of spatula, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in cooked pork. Whisk sauce to recombine, add it to pan, and bring to simmer. Cook until sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Sweet and Sour Sauce 
6T red wine vinegar
6T orange juice
6T sugar
3T ketchup
1t cornstarch
1/2t salt

Using a medium bowl, mix all ingredients.

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