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Pork Stir-Fry

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Serves four.

  • by Abigail Johnson Dodge from Fine Cooking
    Issue 49

  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin, cut in 3/4-inch chunks
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 4 Tbs. medium-dry sherry
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red chile flakes; more to taste
  • 4 medium scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces (including 4 inches of the green)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbs. peanut or canola oil
  • 2/3 cup low-salt chicken broth or water
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Cooked rice, hot for serving

Toss the pork in a medium bowl with 2 Tbs. of the soy sauce, 2 Tbs. of the sherry, the ginger, the garlic, and the red chile flakes. Cover and set aside, tossing occasionally, while chopping the vegetables as directed above.

Heat a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbs. of the oil. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, toss in the vegetables. Cook, tossing constantly, until just tender, about 6 min.; scoop them out with a slotted spoon and pile onto a plate. Add the remaining 2 Tbs. oil to the wok and heat until very hot. Add the pork mixture and liquid and toss until the meat is lightly browned and just barely cooked through (it will cook more later), about 4 min.

Put the vegetables and any accumulated juices back into the wok and toss with the pork until hot, about 1-min. In a small bowl, whisk the broth, the remaining 1 Tbs. soy sauce and 2 Tbs. sherry, and the cornstarch until blended. Pour this into the pan and cook, stirring until the sauce is thickened and clear, about 2 min. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with the cilantro, if you like, and serve with hot rice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 290; Fat (g): 12; Fat Calories (kcal): 110; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 19; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 23; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 660; Cholesterol (mg): 50; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Very easy, very good stir-fry especially on a work night. I have made it a couple of times now and really enjoy it.

this is a fantastic stir-fry. it is easy to make, and the sherry gives it an incredible flavor. i added broccoli, snap peas and asparagus to add more veggies. will be one the regular rotation.

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