Using fresh pineapple and a tangy homemade sauce make this version of sweet and sour pork a winner! This is a Great Tangy Pork and Pineapple Stir Fry that saves time in the kitchen and won’t break the bank; it’s only $2 per serving! I had no left overs after making this incredible meal last night. With some of the ingredients on hand, I spent $36.37 at the grocery store. (Note: I did purchase an extra pork tenderloin and three extra packages of pork stir-fry meat for future recipes.)
1 pound pork tenderloin (you can also substitute pork-stir-fry strips already cut up, located in the meat section of your grocery store)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided
2 cups (about 7 ounces) fresh sugar snap peas (also availasble in pre-washed bags in the produce section)
1 medium pineapple
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1/3 cup apricot preserves (you can try peach or orange marmalade preserves too)
1 Tablespoon vegtable oil
1 medium red-onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges (onion is optional)
Serve with 3 cups hot cooked rice (rice is optional, may use asian noodles)
On your cutting board, trim the fat from the pork tenderloin using a high cutting knife. Slice the pork lengthwise into thinly sliced strips; slice in fourths. (If you are using the pre-packaged stir-fry strips done by the butcher, go ahead and combine with the next two ingedients) Combine the pork with salt and two Tablespoons of cornstarch in a heavy duty glass mixing bowl; set aside.
Slice the bottom of the pineapple with a high cutting knife to create a flat bottom so your pineapple won’t move. Stand your pineapple uprigt. Core and Peel your pineapple by using a high quality kitchen tool specifically desighned to core and peel pineapples. Slice pineapple into 1/4 inch pieces. To make the sauce, combine soy sauce, vinegar and remaining cornstarch in small heavy duty glass mixing bowl. Add the preserves and mix well; set aside.
Add oil to a nonstick skillet; heat over medium-high heat for 1-3 minutes. Place pork into nonstick skillet and cook 6 minutes without turning or until browned on one side. Turn pork over using tongs specifically designed for sauteing and cook an additional 2 minutes. If desired, add onion. Cook 60 seconds or until onion begins to brown. Add peas, pineapple and sauce. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring constantly. If desired serve with rice or asian noodles.
Makes 4-6 servings ; Around $2 per serving
Nutrients per serving: Calories 320 Around $2 per serving
*If desired, 1 pound of chicken or beef sliced into thin strips may be used instead of pork. If using chicken, increase cook time to 10 minutes.