Sunday, April 05, 2009

pork and sweet potatoes. yummy!

I've mentioned before that a dear friend gifts me with all her cooking magazines. (hello, Miss Wanda!) i really enjoy looking through them, and choosing new recipes to try for my family. this one, Sweet Potato Pork Skillet, was a keeper and i thought that i would share it with you.
Cast of Characters: pork chops (i used pork loin), olive oil, pineapple tidbits, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, green peppers, cornstarch. and rice, which is not in this picture.

and just in case you didn't notice, I'd like to point out that my salt is in the salt pig. from the same dear friend that I've already mentioned. i really like it! (both the pig and the friend!)

slice up the pork loin. cut up both the sweet potatoes and green peppers into chunks.

brown the pork in olive oil in a large skillet. sprinkle with salt.

make sauce using brown sugar, cinnamon and pineapple juice. stir into skillet and add sweet potatoes. toss to coat. bring to a boil. cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

add green peppers and pineapple tidbits. (and yes, maybe you noticed that in the picture my pineapples were sliced, and not tidbits? I'll have you know that i saved a whole 10 cents by cutting them into tidbits myself!) cover and cook for 10 ~ 15 more minutes or until potatoes are tender.

now it's time to cook your rice. if you have a rice cooker, these little gadgets are the niftiest thing going. if you don't have one of these small, metal time savers, run right out and buy yourself one. i got mine for $20 at Wal-mart.

now you're ready to add the cornstarch and pineapple juice mixture to thicken up the sweet potato stuff. bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes longer.

serve over rice. with homemade applesauce if you have it. super yummy, and way easier than it looks. it's a good company meal: easy to make, impressive to look at, and tastes great to boot! the really exciting part is that next year, i'll be able to make this same recipe using almost exclusively stuff that we've grown!

here's the complete recipe. let me know if you try it, and how you and your family like it. I'd love to hear from you!

Sweet Potato Pork Skillet
4 pork chops (or pork loin)
1 T olive oil
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits
3 T brown sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
1 medium green pepper, cut into chunks
1 T cornstarch

in large skillet, brown pork in oil. meanwhile, drain pineapple, reserving juice; set aside. in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and 1/2 cup of the reserved juice. stir into skillet. add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. bring to a boil. reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. add green pepper and pineapple; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions. in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining pineapple juice until smooth; add to the skillet. bring to a biol; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. serve with rice.

yield: 4 servings (i doubled it)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just put some pork on my shopping list for next Friday. I will probably try this recipe on Saturday. It looks like something that Nick would LOVE! I will let you know how we like it. :)


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