I made Sweet & Sour Pork the other night. It was sooooo yummy! So what’s the big deal? For over 30 years, I have rotated the same meals and never used much imagination. We had pork chops, chicken, & steak–almost always cooked on the grill. Then there was hamburgers, also cooked on the grill. I love that grill. I use it all winter even when the temps dipped below 0º in Maine. Sometimes I would spice it up a bit and made a meatloaf or spaghetti, and other boring food.
Then I found Pinterest…thanks, Patty. As I searched the recipes, I discovered that it was easier than I thought to make some different, more interesting and appetizing meals, so I started to pin the ones that I thought we would like. Occasionally, I’d like to share some of the recipes that I find and try. Know that recipes you find on this site will be pretty basic and did I mention “easy” to prepare. Try them…maybe meal times can be a bit less boring at your house too.
It started the other night when I took a package of center-cut pork chops out of the freezer. I was ready to fire up the grill when I just couldn’t face another grilled pork chop so off to my Pinterest account. I knew that I had saved some recipes on my dinner board. When I saw the Sweet & Sour Pork recipe, I just had to give it a try. Thanks, lilluna.com for helping me to make a less boring meal. I gathered all the ingredients together and cut the chops into pieces. The rest is history! The entire recipe is below – give it a try!!
- 1 LB pork steak, cut into 1½” pieces
- 1 TB Shortening (I used Olive Oil)
- 1 TSP Paprika
- 3 TB Brown Sugar
- 2 TB Cornstarch
- ½ TSP Salt
- 1 – 15 Oz Can Pineapple Chunks (reserve liquid)
- 1 TB Soy Sauce
- 1 TSP Worcestershire Sauce (this could probably be optional)
- ⅓ C White Vinegar
- Add enough water to reserved Pineapple liquid to make 1 cup
- 1 Green Pepper – cut into ¼” strips (I used only about ¼ of a pepper)
- In a large skillet, brown the pork in shortening or oil. Sprinkle with Paprika. Brown well, then cover and cook for approx. 20-25 minutes, until tender, stirring occasionally.
- While pork is cooking, combine brown sugar, cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Stir them together before gradually adding the mixture of water & pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Blend until smooth. Slowly pour into the skillet with the pork.
- Cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Stir in the green pepper and pineapple. Cover and simmer over low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the pepper is tender.
- Serve over rice and add a green veggie, if desired. I used Boil-In-The-Bag Jasmine Rice.