Fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite treats of summer. There's nothing like going to the farm stand and getting a brown paper bag filled with just-picked, perfectly ripe tomatoes! Can't you just hear the crinkling of the bag? Whether it will be a cheesy tomato pie layered with Vidalia onions & fresh basil, or a simple tomato sandwich on Wonder bread with nothing but Hellman's mayonnaise & salt; I rarely know for sure what I'm going to make with those luscious orbs in that brown bag, but I always know it will be delicious!
The recipe I will share this week is a Thai dish that can be spicy or not; you control the heat with the amount of red pepper flakes added. Whenever I think of this dish, I think "fresh!". Filled with fresh tomatoes, summer vegetables & lean pork, it's a healthy meal your whole family will enjoy!
Sweet & Sour Pork, Thai-style
12oz. lean pork (pork tenderloin works well)
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
2 Tablespoons fish sauce or oyster sauce (found next to the soy sauce in grocery store)
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 red bell pepper, seeded & sliced into chunks
1/2 cucumber, seeded and sliced into chunks
2 fresh tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 oz. pineapple, cut into small chunks (canned pineapple works very well)
freshly ground black pepper
2 green onions, cut into short lengths
red pepper flakes, to taste (can be omitted)
coriander leaves (cilantro) & shredded green onions for garnish
Slice the pork into thin strips. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan.
Add the garlic & fry until golden, then add the pork and stir-fry for about 4-5 minutes. Add the red onion.
Season with fish sauce (or oyster sauce), sugar and freshly ground black pepper. Add red pepper flakes, if desired. Stir & cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the pork is cooked.
Add the rest of the vegetables, the pineapple and green onions. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water. continue to stir-fry for another 3-4 minutes. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves (cilantro) and shredded green onions.