Friday, April 9, 2010

Will They Eat This? # 11

One thing that typically drives my desire to make a certain meal is when I get a great deal on a particular cut of meat. This week, not only was there a sale on pork loin chops, but also on red peppers. My taste buds started craving Sweet & Sour Pork. It's very easy to make, especially when you use a jarred sweet and sour sauce, although I have tasted sweet and sour sauce recipes that are very good. I was just not in the mood to make one from scratch.

A flavor that I remember fondly from my youth -- and believe me, I ate A LOT of peanut butter and jelly instead of dinner when I was young, just ask my mom -- was Saucy Susan. Imagine my surprise as I was looking in the Asian food section for just the right sauce and found that jarred apricot sauce from when I was a kid. I didn't buy it, but it may have a place in the Will They Eat This? treasury in the near future.

Sweet & Sour Pork

1 lb pork loin chops cut into 1" cubes
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 shakes of cayenne pepper
2 tbs corn oil

In a wok or large skillet heat oil on high heat; in a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients; dredge the pork cubes in the corn starch mixture; place in the hot pan and fry for about 5 min, turning once; remove from the pan and set aside.

2 lrg red peppers, chopped in large pieces
10 baby carrots cut on the bias
1 lrg sweet onion
1 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 10 oz. jar sweet & sour sauce -- I used a brand called Ty Ling
1 tbs corn oil

In the same heated wok used for the pork, add the oil, peppers, carrots and sweet onions and salt; sautee veggies for about 6-7 min over medium high heat; add the pineapple chunks, pork and sweet & sour sauce; stir for about 2-3 min. to heat through.


1 1/2 cups of long grain rice
3 cups of water
1 tsp salt

In a medium sauce pot, add the rice, water and salt, bring to a boil for 1 min.; reduce heat to medium/low; simmer for about 15 min. until the water is thoroughly absorbed.

Putting It All Together

Place the rice on the bottom of a bowl and spoon a healthy amount of Sweet & Sour Pork over the top of the rice. Enjoy!


3 out of 6 kids ate this meal

2 out of 6 kids at least gave it a try

1 out of 6 kids flat out refused to touch it!


While the adults really enjoyed this meal, it was not a kid pleaser in this house. I might make it for company or family when they visit, but I'm not sure this one is going to make it into the menu rotation for us.


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Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
(Lk 6:21)


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