Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tossin' Out the Take-Out

Last week I found a yummy-sounding Chinese recipe on Our Best Bites.  Normally when I make Chinese food at home it’s mediocre (with the exception of the Sweet and Sour Chicken I made that one time—it actually turned out really yummy).  This new one, however, takes the cake.

It was so easy to make, I had most of the ingredients on hand, and Nathan commented that it tasted like something from PF Chang’s.  It was that good.  It definitely made it to our favorites list, and I’ll even go so far as to say that we may not ever eat Chinese take-out again.  Oh yes--I went there.

Cashew Sweet & Sour Pork -- Our Best Bites
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. apple juice
  • 1 lb. boneless pork chops, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c. water
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1/3 c. chopped cashews (If you can't eat nuts, you can definitely leave these out--they won't change the flavor much at all)
  • 1/4 c. green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 6-8 oz. snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 (8oz) can pineapple chunks, drained (you could also leave these out if you wanted, but seriously--who doesn't like pineapple?)
  • Rice

  1. Begin by cooking your rice
  2. Combine 1 TBSP cornstarch, apple juice and pork in a medium bowl.  Toss to coat.
  3. Combine 1 TBSP cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup in a small bowl.  Stir with a whisk, and make sure there are no clumps.  
  4. Heat oil in skillet or wok.  Add pork and stir fry 3 minutes.  Add onions, ginger and garlic.  Stir fry 1 minute.
  5. Add snow peas and pineapple.  Stir fry 3 minutes.  Whisk sauce ingredients again, and add to pan.
  6. Bring everything to a boil, and let cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.  Stir in cashews, and serve over hot rice.  Garnish with more chopped onions and cashews, if desired.


  1. oh, my husband might be happy about this recipe -- and I'm happy to know it can be made without nuts :)

  2. Very nice-looking recipe! I'm sure you won't miss the Chinese take-outs with dishes like this! :)


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