Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Easy Stir-Fried Pork and a Question

I made a SUPER easy stir fried pork recipe last night. It couldn't have been any easier if I had a Chinese restaurant drive up and drop it off ;-) I adapted it from a Kraft Food & Family recipe, and it was a hit with the whole family. I think I might mess with a bit more next time--maybe marinate the pork a bit. [By the way, when you zip over to the Kraft site, if you aren't already signed up for that free Food and Family magazine, I HIGHLY recommend it. The recipes are GREAT and even better, you get coupons with it].

Hoisin Sesame Stir-Fried Pork

2 pounds pork, sliced thin and cut into one inch pieces (like little wafers)
1 tablespoon oil (I used sesame oil; but use what you want. Peanut oil works good; olive oil is okay)
1 16 ounce bag Asian Mix vegetables (my grocery sells these, and they even had noodles already in there, too. It was snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts and noodles. Awesome and easy).
1/2 cup Lite or Regular Asian Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing
2-3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
2 green onions, sliced thin

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok. Cook pork in stages (because if you dump it all in there at once, the liquid created by the meat won't evaporate and it will poach instead of fry) until browned. Add all pork back in, then add the vegetables, then dressing and sauce and cook until vegetables are cooked, about 4 minutes. Add onions. Cook one more minute. Serve!

I also added another teaspoon of sesame oil right at the end, because I like a bit more sesame flavoring. I might marinate the pork next time in some dressing and hoisin ahead of time, so that it'll have more flavor. It was good, but I like a lot of flavor, LOL.

Today, a BONUS with the recipe. I'm going to pick one lucky reader from all the comments to receive a copy of PRETTY BAD, one of my romances with recipes books (this is the cheese book). Here's my question for comments:

What's your worst cooking moment? Mine was when I had DH help me with Thanksgiving dinner (one of my first) and he forgot to put the sugar into the pumpkin pie (it was hideous!) and I undertimed the turkey, so it wasn't exactly cooked when I pulled it out of the oven to serve. I had no meat experience and I don't know what I was thinking. We ate biscuits and potatoes while we waited for the turkey. Not a way to impress the guests ;-).

Shirley

3 comments:

  1. LOL... I remember trying to impress a guy once by making him dinner and EVERYTHING went wrong. The meat was all but raw, the noodles were mush... it was horrifying.

    And, as I recall, we didn't date after that either.

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  2. I'm no cook. I've had bread that barely rises, burned brownies, an a number of failed recipes that looked better on the page than in reality. But I have to say that the worst cooking experience was actually courtesy of my husband. It happened shortly after we got married, and we still talked about it. The back of a bottle of ranch dressing had a recipe for something called "Ranch Chicken", which basically entailed pouring ranch dressing over several chicken breasts, topping them with a little cheese, and baking them. Yeah, it was about as disgusting as it sounds, but my husband (who, for the record, doesn't even like chicken) insisted on making it. We only did that one once!

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  3. I love that Asian dressing so I'll have to try this! The pumpkin pie mistake must be a common one-- my aunt also did that. My BIL is constantly teased because he somehow screwed up jell-o! It never jelled. I don't cook a whole lot so I haven't had too many disasters.

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