The new approach to cooking is more sophisticated, more worldly. Curry, ginger, soy sauce, and coconut milk are virtually staples in the pantry of the new millennium.
6 garlic cloves, peeled
4 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon hot water
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
6 tablespoons water, divided
2 cups thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons light coconut milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
How to Make It
Place garlic cloves in a food processor, and process until minced. Add ginger, cumin, curry, and red pepper, and process until blended. Add peanuts and hot water, and pulse until well-blended, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
Cut pork crosswise into 1-inch slices. Place each piece between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten each piece to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Coat pork with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place pork in a shallow bowl. Add soy sauce and 2 tablespoons water to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add soy sauce mixture to pork; keep warm.
Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup peanut mixture; cook 4 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water, coconut milk, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Return pork mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute. Combine remaining peanut mixture with rice. Serve pork and sauce with rice.
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This was a tasty recipe that is quick enough for a weeknight. I only used about half of the ginger called for in the recipe, and only about 4 cloves of garlic. I served it with saffron rice from the evening before.
This is by far the worst recipe I've tried from Cooking Light (and I've tried a lot!). I ended up throwing the sauce away. The ginger flavor was too overpowering, even after it was cooked. The amount of sugar was way too much. I would not even attempt to salvage this recipe in the future.
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