The weirdest thing just happened at my house. In the kitchen. If you’ve been here a while, you know that No Thank You Boy (one’a my kids), has a long history with not enjoying my cooking. As I write this, I have a wok filled with Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork sitting behind me on my cooktop. I turned around a few minutes ago and totally busted NTYB eating huge forkfulls of the stuff right out of the wok. Not just little wimpy nibbles either. I mean, like, stuffing his face. As you can imagine, I nearly fell over in a state of complete and utter disbelief. So picky eaters out there, this one just might be for you. : )
The recipe calls for using a skillet, but I would recommend a big wok of you have one. Just my two cents.
Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork
Source: cookinglight.com, recipe by D. Bonom and C. DePersio
2 T. cornstarch, divided
1 T. sherry
1 (1 lb.) pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2″ pieces (Sendik’s Natural Pork Sirloin Roasts and Chops are on sale and would be a good substitute)
1/3 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. cider vinegar
3 T. soy sauce
3 T. ketchup
1 T. canola oil
1/3 c. finely chopped dry-roasted cashews
1/4 c. chopped scallions
2 t. fresh minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. snow peas, trimmed
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks in juice, drained (Dole Canned Pineapple is on sale)
Hot, cooked rice for serving
Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, sherry, and pork, tossing to coat. Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup, stirring with a whisk.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add pork mixture and stirfry 3 minutes. Add cashews, scallions, ginger, and garlic, stir fry 1 minute. Add snow peas and pineapple, stir fry 3 minutes or until snow peas are tender.
Add vinegar mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Serve the pork mixture over rice.
Posted by Leah DamronLeah Damron is an avid home cook who believes in using the freshest ingredients available, and she challenges herself weekly to create meals out of (mostly!) sale items. If Sendik's ever gave a title for "Biggest Fan", she believes she would win, hands down. Leah lives in greater Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and her big black lab, Daisy."
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