Spicy Sweet-and-Sour Pork
Serve a one-dish dinner loaded with fresh veggies, tender pork, and bold Asian-inspired flavor. A bed of coconut rice is an ideal accompaniment.
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
- 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, undrained
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup prechopped onion
- 1 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup slivered green onions
Adapted from myrecipes.com
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Place almonds on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 4 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
3. While almonds cook, combine pork, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; toss well to coat. Drain pineapple in a sieve over a bowl, reserving juice. Combine juice, remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients (through Sriracha), stirring with a whisk.
4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1 cup onion, ginger, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in pineapple and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with almonds and green onions.
Coconut rice: Combine 1 cup uncooked basmati rice, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/2 cup light coconut milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 16 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.