I find so much of my cooking inspiration and recipes online via other food blogs or websites. There is just so much to see and so many good recipes to be tried. However, I realized recently that since I’ve been surfing the web for recipes, I’ve been neglecting some of my cookbooks. We’ve had this cookbook Good Housekeeping’s 100 Best One-Dish Meals sitting on our bookshelf for years. I think I either bought it or received it as a gift when we moved into our first apartment. We’ve moved a couple of times since then and I can’t think of one time that we’ve cooked anything from it. So, in an effort to return to my cookbooks for recipe ideas, I thought it was about time to try something from the “One-Dish Meal” book (seven years later). This Spicy Peanut Pork was great, and I especially liked the peanut sauce that accompanied it. Based on the success of this dish, I suppose the book can keep it’s slot on the bookshelf for another few years. We may decide to dust off some more pages and give some other recipes a try.
Spicy Peanut Pork
Source: Good Housekeeping’s 100 Best One-Dish Meals
4 boneless pork loin chops, 3/4-inch thick , about 5 oz. each, trimmed of fat
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
8 ounces snow peas, washed and strings removed
1 Tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup water
Pat pork chops dry with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and black pepper.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork chops and cook for 4 minutes. Turn over and cook for 3-4 minutes longer, until lightly browned on the outside and still slightly pink on the inside. Transfer pork to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, and water until blended. Set aside.
Add the green onions, snow peas, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in ginger and garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Return pork to the skillet.
Add the peanut-butter mixture to the skillet; and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 minute. Serve.