It is not often that I try a new recipe and tell you about it the same day. I also don’t often post two similarly themed recipes in a row. Tonight however, I’m breaking with tradition. Partly because I finished cooking and cleaning up early enough to tell you about what I made for dinner tonight. Mostly because it was just that good. And easy. And perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
This recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork was an unexpected winner. I don’t normally like sweet meat, but I had most of the ingredients for this recipe on hand, and I needed to figure out what to do with the pork tenderloin taking up space in my freezer. I found this recipe in TakeOut Tonight!, one of my current favorite cookbooks, and the source of my recipes for Broccoli with Garlic Sauce and Szechuan Chicken with Peanuts. Since I love those recipes, I figured it was worth giving this one a try.
And I have to say, I’m glad I did. This recipe comes together very quickly using everyday ingredients. The pork (or you could use chicken) is lean and tender. The sauce is sweet and savory and has a nice zing from the rice vinegar. The bell peppers give the dish a nice crunch, and the pineapple chunks add juicy pops of sweetness. Served up with some rice and a vegetable (and maybe an egg roll), you’ve got a fantastic dinner for any night of the week.