So, on Monday, I shared the fabulous recipe I use for Carnitas. It makes more than any couple or family could reasonably eat for one meal, or even for one meal plus leftovers. Seriously, this makes a ton. Thank goodness it’s so tasty!! But you know what I think possibly could be tastier?
If you guessed Pork, Apple, and Ginger Stir-Fry, then you would just so happen to be RIGHT! [Bet you didn’t see that one coming from a mile away, huh?]
I usually shy away from combining various ethnic-type foods in a single dish. Habit, I suppose. But this meal takes a bit of Mexican food [carnitas] and adds in a bit of Asian food/preparation methods to come up with something really special. To add to the culture confusion, the combo of pork and apples is classic Americana [yes?]. Hold that thought. Just googled it… and apparently pork and apples is a classic dish for many of European descent, including the British and the Danes. Who knew?
Regardless of heritage, blending traditional flavors of many cultures in a stir-fry may seem a bit weird, but give it a chance. The sauce alone–sweet, salty, deep–is worth giving this recipe a shot. The way it coats the tender, tender pork and the substantial veggies… oh man! You will want to drink it with a spoon, I tell ya! And just wait til you get a bite with some fresh ginger. Absolutely amazing! Since the ginger is grated, it’s not too intense of an experience, but it does make an ordinary leftover-remake dinner a pretty awesome meal of its own. Enjoy!
Pork, Apple, and Ginger Stir-Fry
adapted from allrecipes.com
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 pound cooked shredded pork [leftover Carnitas]
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 4 cups vegetables [I used half carrots and half lima beans]
- hot cooked rice, to serve
Preheat wok or large skillet set over medium heat.
In a small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, and applesauce. Set sauce aside.
In another bowl, toss together pork and cornstarch. Set aside.
Add oil to wok, then add ginger, garlic, and onion and saute until soft. Then add vegetables and cook until tender. Add pork and sauce and stir to combine. Cook until hot, then serve over rice.