Monday, November 8, 2010
Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork
Here is a recipe I made that came from Our Best Bites. We all really enjoyed it around here. We love stir fry's in general, but it was fun to use pork, which we don't usually. I did try to chop the pork in my food processor, as was recommended in the recipe. I thought it made the pieces too small. Considering my taste panel, maybe it was the right way to do it!
Here is a link to the recipe on their website, if you are interested in seeing their gorgeous pictures of the process. I love those gals over there!
Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork (from Our Best Bites, from Cooking Light)
2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
1 Tbsp. cooking sherry or apple juice
1 lb. pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops, thinly sliced
1/3 c. water
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. oil
1/3 c. chopped cashews (or exactly one of those little .99 bags of Fritos cashews at the front of the grocery store)
¼ c. green onions
2 tsp. minced or grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced or pressed
6-8 oz. snow peas, trimmed
1 8-oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
Now...to get your pork super thin, you'll need to partially freeze it. When it's semi-frozen (or mostly-frozen), you can either cut it very thinly with a sharp knife or pop it into your food processor fitted with the slicing blade. It's like magic.
When I say trim your snow peas, I mean get the icky hard parts off. Little baby snow peas are very tender and don't need to be trimmed, but you'll probably have some bigger ones in there. Just snap the corners off and then tug a little to get the tough string that goes along the side of the snow pea. It's like a vegetarian version of a fish-gutting. Without the guts. Okay, it's not really like that at all.
Begin cooking your rice.
Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, sherry, and pork. Toss well.
Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup. Stir with a whisk; make sure there are no clumps with the cornstarch.
Now collect everything that's going into the stir fry next to the stove so you can access it easily.
Heat 1-2 Tbsp. canola oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add pork and stir-fry 3 minutes. Add onions, ginger, and garlic.
Stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow peas and pineapple. Stir-fry 3 minutes more. Whisk sauce ingredients again and add to pan
bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in cashews and serve over hot rice. Garnish with more cashews and green onions if you want.