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Sweet and Spicy Pork With Peppers, Pineapple, and Rice Recipe

Gordon has been cooking and experimenting with food since childhood. He loves coming up with new and tasty culinary creations.

Sweet and spicy pork, peppers and pineapple are served with boiled rice.

Sweet and spicy pork, peppers and pineapple are served with boiled rice.

Ground Pork Recipe With Rice and Peppers

Sweet and sour pork is a popular Chinese dish, usually served with chunks of pork cooked in the sweet and sour sauce or pork balls deep fried in batter and coated with the sauce. This recipe is a little different in that the flavours are sweet and spicy and that it is minced or ground pork that is used in the creation, meaning neither a wok nor a deep fryer is required.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 40 min

Ready in: 45 min

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound minced/ground pork
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons vegetable or sunflower oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red chilli pepper
  • Small can pineapple rings in pineapple juice (4 rings)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro
  • 6 ounces (1¼ cups) basmati rice
Pork is added to a saucepan and seasoned.

Pork is added to a saucepan and seasoned.

Instructions

Measure out the cooking oil into a large saucepan and put the pan on to a medium heat. Add the pork and season with salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon, break the pork up and stir it around for a few minutes until it is evenly browned and sealed.

Sliced red onion is added to browned pork.

Sliced red onion is added to browned pork.

Finely slice the peeled red onion half and add it to the pan with the pork. Saute in a similar fashion as before for another minute or so until the onion strands are starting to soften.

Canned tomatoes are poured into pot.

Canned tomatoes are poured into pot.

Pour the canned tomatoes into the pan and stir well. Turn up the heat slightly to bring the liquid element of the combination to a simmer.

Sliced peppers are added to pork and tomatoes.

Sliced peppers are added to pork and tomatoes.

Seed the bell pepper halves and slice to a thickness of around half an inch. Top the chilli and slice thinly into discs. Add the lot to the pork and stir through. Simmer as gently as possible—uncovered—for half an hour, stirring occasionally.

Chopped pineapple and juice are added to dish.

Chopped pineapple and juice are added to dish.

Pour the pineapple juice from the can into the saucepan. Roughly chop the pineapple rings and add them also to the pan before stirring well.

Coriander is added to part cooked pork.

Coriander is added to part cooked pork.

Chop the coriander/cilantro and add it to the pan.

Pork, peppers and pineapple are brought to a gentle simmer.

Pork, peppers and pineapple are brought to a gentle simmer.

Stir well and bring the mixture back to a simmer for as long as it takes to cook the rice.

Rice is added to boiling salted water.

Rice is added to boiling salted water.

As soon as the pineapple and coriander are stirred into the pork, start the preparation of the rice. Put a large pot of salted water on to reach a rolling boil while you wash the rice thoroughly under running cold water and through a fine mesh sieve. Add the rice to the boiling water, stir well and adjust the heat to maintain a gentle to moderate simmer for 10 minutes.

Rice is drained and left to steam off for a few minutes.

Rice is drained and left to steam off for a few minutes.

Drain the rice at your sink through the sieve and let it steam off for two or three minutes to dry out.

Rice is arranged on serving plate.

Rice is arranged on serving plate.

Fluff the rice up with a fork before arranging it on your serving plates as beds for the sweet and spicy pork, which can then be spooned out either alongside or on top.

Enjoying sweet and spicy pork, peppers and pineapple with fried rice

Enjoying sweet and spicy pork, peppers and pineapple with fried rice

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