Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry

Hello my friends. I hope you are all having a good week. A few weeks ago when Raul and I went to the Hollywood farmers market, I was excited to pick up some pasture raised pork from Rocky Canyon Farm. You may find this hard to believe, but I have had a hell of a time finding ground pork in my area and to find a product that is sustainably raised and inexpensive is a rare find. I immediately picked some up to save for later.

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry

I have only done a little bit of cooking in the past couple of weeks and most of it is recipes I have already made. These recipes have really come in handy because I can make a big pot of food at the beginning of the week and not have to worry about what I am going to have for lunch each day. Of course, that means I have less to share with you. In order to mix things up this week, I made a batch of this fabulous and simple recipe last night. The green beans were looking great at the farmers market this past weekend so I got quite a few and used probably more than I should have, but I have had a love affair with green beans ever since I was a child and I can't resist their crunchy goodness. One of my biggest pet peeves is green beans in a can. Whose bright idea was that? They should probably be shot...anyway, I digress. I prepped much of this the night before and it was a breeze to throw together last night. There is a nice sweet and salty combo going on and the kick from the red pepper flakes is just enough, but not overpowering. I got about three decent sized servings from this recipe which is perfect. Just enough for lunches for the rest of the week (and of course a little taste so I would be able to describe it to you today).

I have some exciting things coming up including dinner at Campanile this weekend and the Adele show in a week and a half (yes, it's my third time seeing her). So exciting and I can't wait to share with you all!

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry
(Adapted from Tamarind and Thyme)

Makes 2-3 servings

2 tablespoons canola oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
7 ounces ground pork
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1-2 dashes soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons water
2 big handfuls green beans, roughly chopped
Cooked rice for serving

In a small bowl, combine the sauces, the sugar and the water. Stir to combine and set aside. Prepare the rest of the ingredients before starting to cook.

Heat a pan/wok over low heat and when hot, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and continue stirring until fragrant. Add the pork and turn up the heat and then stir fry until cooked. Add the green beans and stir through. Add the sauce mixture and again, stir through and let it all cook through. Let the sauce reduce by about half and serve over rice.

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Maria said...

I love making stir fry for a quick healthy meal! My hubs would love your pork version! I will have to make it for him.

kellypea said...

I'm cracking up over your green beans in a can comment. My little sister used to eat them cold right out of the can. That's all she'd eat! Your dish sounds delicious -- wishing I had a bowl for breakfast right now. And hang in there on the stress! I completely understand :/

Diana said...

This sauce sounds really similar to the sauce I made for my attempt at pork see ew a month or so ago. I never thought to do it with ground pork and green beans, but will have to give it a try since I'm fairly sessed with green beans myself. :) And totally agree re: canned green beans - repulsive!

The Food Librarian said...

Yummy. I love ground pork in everything!

ttfn300 said...

that sounds delicious!

Mary said...

This sounds great. Pork was made to stir fry. It gives food such flavor with so little effort.

Erica said...

I am a huge stir fry fan! This looks great. Don't worry about having a regular posting schedule! You're in my google reader so I NEVER miss a post ;)

Esi said...

Happy hump day people!

Maria, I hope the hubs enjoys it.

Kelly, green beans right out of the can? Gross :) I know you feel my pain about the stress.

Diana, the green beans are amazing!

Erica, thank you :)

the epicurean's market said... this is looking mighty tasty!

Pearl said...

yum, love when my mom makes this!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks delicious, Esi! Fresh gren beans are the best! I have a hard time finding good ground pork too.

nora@ffr said...

vat a lovely blog u have.. love stir fried dishes.. a must try for the weekends :)

Helene said...

You always come up with interesting dishes. Looks great.

Foodycat said...

This is one of my favourite dishes in Chinese restaurants - but yours look so much lighter and tastier!