Hello again amigos!
It has been a while since I blogged, or rather cooked. My 9-month old son wouldn't sleep through the night, or even half the night, while made me a tired person. Dinner was usually some left over or the other, a Trader Joe's frozen meal or we ordered in. That was great… it got food into our stomach but my husband and I craved a good home cooked meal and I craved spending time cooking, which didn't involve cooking a baby puree!
Even though pork isn't my favorite, I woke up one morning Sweet and Sour Pork.
So I went to the butcher in my neighborhood that morning, Simchick Meats and bought pork tenderloin.
It hit the spot, a yummy and quick meal. The cooking time was literally 10 minutes. Prep didn't take that long either, so this gets rated (by me) as a good recipe to have on hand for that quick week night dinner.
The recipe I found was from the Food Network Kitchens, which I did tweak slightly.
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into thin slices
- 2 1/2 tbsp vinegar
- Kosher salt
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp peanut oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (greens kept aside, for garnish)
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- Marinade pork: Toss pork in a bowl with 1/2 tbsp vinegar and a pinch of salt.
- Make sauce: Mix remaining vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, ketchup, honey, 1/3 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Cook the pork: In a wok heat the oil and add the pork. Slowly stir until it turns mostly opaque, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.
- Cook the aromatics and veggies: In the wok, stir-fry the garlic, add the scallions and stir-fry until crisp-tender, 2 minutes (add a little water if the garlic begins to stick to the wok). Add the mushrooms, and sauce and stir until it begins to thicken, about 3 minutes.
- Add the pork and cook for another minute.
- Garnish with the greens of the scallions. Serve with white or brown rice.