Paradise Stir Fry

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Pork is marinated then stir-fried. Serve with steamed rice.
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  • Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 small boneless pork chops, sliced and cut into bite size pieces
    • 3 Cups broccoli florets (about 8 oz.)
    • 6 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 TB Sesame oil
    • 2 tsp Cornstarch
    • 2 TB Water
  • Marinade:
    • 6 green onions, (ends removed and reserved), chopped fine
    • 1-2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 inch piece fresh Ginger Root, peeled and grated, or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
    • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper

Instructions

Place the all the marinade ingredients (except the green onion tops) in a bowl big enough to hold the pork, whisk to combine.

Add the pork, stir, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Bring I quart water to a boil, add broccoli, cook for 1 minute to ‘blanch’, remove and rinse with cold water. While broccoli is cooking, heat a large heavy skillet or wok over high heat for 3-4 min. Add sesame oil. When hot, add pork in 2-3 batches, browning and removing each batch to a plate. Add mushrooms, cook, stirring, 2-3 minutes, until cooked through. Return pork (and juices) to pan, add broccoli, green onion tops, stir to blend. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until broccoli is warmed through. Mix cornstarch with cool water. Push pork and broccoli to one side, add about 1/3 of the mixture, stir until sauce is thickened. Push meat and broccoli to the other side of the pan, repeat with another 1/3 of the mixture, stirring thoroughly to coat. If there is extra liquid or the sauce seems thin, repeat with the last third of the mixture (this is not usually needed). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice.


Marinate Time = 1 hour
Cooking Time = 10 minutes
Wine Suggestion - Serve with a crisp sauvignon blanc

Other Stir-Fry Tips
The Sauce
The need for a thickener (in this recipe, corn starch) varies depending on pan size, heat, ingredients used. You can adjust the amount of thickener needed and sometimes you may not need any. As a guide, we suggest approximately 1 teaspoon corn starch per 1/2 cup total liquid.

Other Tools
Chop sticks work very well for stirring the ingredients.

A slotted spoon is handy for removing the ingredients as they are cooked.

Our Reviewers
This is a very simple to make stir fry.   The wonderful thing about these types of recipes is that you may substitute whatever vegetables you happen to have.  Snow peas are excellent, mushrooms such as shiitake are a great addition. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut up into bite size pieces makes a good substitute for the pork.
It is best to find fresh ginger. The flavor is pungent and depending on how much you use, it gives a nice "bite" to the stir-fry.

For The New Cook
What is Stir-Fry?
Stir-fry is simply a method of cooking small amounts of ingredients over very high heat while stirring.  This method sears small bits of meat so that it is caramelized outside and juicy inside and vegetables are crisp and flavorful and retain most of their natural color.

Wok or No Wok?
The problem with using a Wok in your home kitchen is that the average cook top does not produce enough heat to get the wok hot enough.  You are more likely to steam or overcook the food. Unless you have a commercial quality cook top, we suggest using a heavy skillet. 

  • Select a heavy flat bottomed skillet. This will provide even heat distribution across the bottom of the pan.
  • Preheat the skillet until it is very hot before adding the food (approximately 3-4 minutes on high). You can only accomplish quick cooking and seal in the flavors if the pan is very hot.
  • Work in batches and don't crowd the food.   If the pan is overfilled the food will not cook fast enough.


 

Additional Notes

Cut the reserved green tops in approximately 1 inch pieces and set aside.
I tablespoon white or brown, or black sesame seeds
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