Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork

"While there are many recipes on Zaar for Sweet and Sour Pork, this is one that keeps the pork crispy. After finding this recipe years ago, I've used no other. Leftover pork roast or some thick, cooked pork chops are the basis for this. Planned leftovers are good! The recipe is from Busy Woman's Cookbook, published by Farm Journal in 1961."
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  • Toss pork pieces with salt and 1 tablespoon cornstarch.
  • Mix egg and flour to make a batter.
  • Dip pork pieces into batter with slotted spoon.
  • Fry in hot oil until nicely browned.
  • Drain on paper towels and keep warm.
  • In a deep skillet, mix sugar and cornstarch; stir in water, pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce and vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil, sirring constantly, until thickened.
  • Continue cooking and stirring for two minutes.
  • Add green pepper and onion; cook for five minutes.
  • Add pineapple chunks and pork pieces and simmer, uncovered, for six to eight minutes or until pork pieces are heated through.

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  1. I love crispy (hate mushy). The crunchy pork was just what I was craving. I more or less followed the rest of the recipe, a basic stir fy, but the meat was fantastic. Everyone raved about it!
  2. This is very good. I used white vinegar, 3-4 pineapple slices (canned), and added some extra sugar (but it probably wasn't necessary).
  3. I love that the pork is crispy in this recipe. The flavors were really good but I added some Siracha for some heat. My only complaint would be that there was too much onions and peppers for the amount of sauce that was there. I will make this again though.
  4. A great way to use leftover pork. This isn't the best tasting s&s pork I've ever had but it was the simplest recipe I've tried. I'm so glad I found it. Thanks!
  5. This recipe gets 15 stars. 5 for taste, another 5 for it's ease in preparing, 5 for making wonderful use of leftovers. That pretty much says it all. I did omit the batter part as I'm trying to cut down on fat. I won't hesitate to buy an oversized roast next time as I'll know just what to do with the extra meat. Thanks so much for posting.


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