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Homemade Sweet-and-Sour Pork

I stir up a homemade sauce for this colorful combination of tender meat, crunchy vegetables and tangy pineapple. Serve my sweet-and-sour pork over hot rice, chow mein noodles or both. —Eleanor Dunbar, Peoria, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup and soy sauce. Pour half into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set remaining marinade aside.
  • Drain and discard marinade from pork. In a large skillet, cook pork in oil for 3 minutes. Add the onion, carrots, green pepper, garlic and ginger; saute until pork is tender. Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Stir in the pineapple. Serve with rice if desired.
    Freeze option: Cool pork mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve over rice.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 389 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein.

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