Sweet ‘n Sour Pork
Try this Rach-inspired version of sweet ‘n sour pork – it’s stir fried instead of deep fried, and you’ll love her sauce!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup white or brown rice
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari (dark soy sauce)
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 package pork tenderloins, trimmed of silver skin and cut into 1-inch dice
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 slices fresh pineapple, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
- Freshly ground black pepper
Bring the water to a boil in a medium size pot with a lid. Add the rice and give it a stir, then put the lid on and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice until tender, about 18 minutes. Once it’s ready, fluff it with a fork and stir in the scallions.
When the rice is about halfway done, place a large skillet over high heat with two turns of the pan of oil, about 2 tablespoons. While the pan is heating up, grab a small bowl and combine the hot sauce, lime juice, honey, Tamari, vinegar, tomato sauce and cornstarch, stirring to dissolve the cornstarch. Set the sauce aside.
When the skillet is searing hot, add in the pork and cook the meat until caramelized, 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger, peppers and onions, and stir fry the meat and veggies for 2 minutes more. Add in the pineapple and reserved sauce and stir everything together. Bring the sauce to a boil and allow it to cook for 1 minute to thicken up.
Season everything with some ground black pepper and serve the sweet ‘n sour pork over the scallion rice.
This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, go to www.yum-o.org.