Sweet and Sour

Today I made sweet and sour pork. You might think it would be hard, but the rice takes longer than anything else^^ Want to know how to make your own? Here’s the recipe, according to me…

A Bowl of Homemade Sweet and Sour  Pork

Ingredients

Cooked rice (white or brown)

Meat
Pork, chicken, turkey, whatever you want. 1-1 1/2 pounds
1 egg
1/2 cup cornstarch
1-2 TBSP oil of choice (I like Olive)

Veggies
1 can pineapple
1 bell pepper
2-3 carrots

Sauce
juice from can of pineapple
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2-3 dashes soy sauce
a couple good squirts of ketchup (the secret ingredient ^^)
2-3 tablespoons cornstarch

Substitutions
White vinegar for rice vinegar
Arrowroot, rice, or other non-glutinous flour in place of cornstarch for gluten free
You can skip step 1 for egg free. Just cut the meat up and move to step 2
More veggies; the big stems off a bunch of broccoli cut in slices, celery or sugar snap peas, etc^^
Tofu instead of meat if you just can’t bring yourself to eat meat today

Instructions:

1 First up, cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Dump the egg and the cornstarch into a bowl with the meat. Stir

2 Then, cut up the pineapple, carrots, and bell pepper. You are trying for pieces about half the size of the meat. Do not throw away the pineapple juice; you are using it later! Double the veggies, or add something else like broccoli, if you are feeling like being healthy^^ I’ve seen people substitute the meat with tofu, but I wouldn’t suggest it. I like my meat to be meat, and my tofu to be tofu^^

3 Dump meat into cooking pan on high with a little oil. Stir every minute or so; don’t want it to burn! While you are doing that, make the sauce. Just dump everything together, and mix.

Fried Chicken Bits

4 When the meat is done (cut open a piece and inspect for pink. Just slightly┬ápink in the very center? It’s done^^) dump the veggies in and stir. You do not want mushy vegetables; still crisp is the way to go, so don’t put them in too early!

Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

5 Cook for a minute or two, then add the sauce. Once the sauce is thick and coating everything, it’s done. Serve the whole mess over rice, and people will start telling you to open your own restaurant! Makes about eight servings, and it freezes well too^^

Homemade Sweet and Sour Pork

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