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Gluten-Free Chinese Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe

By: Gillian on February 15, 2011

I just love Chinese food.  There are so many interesting and different flavors that set it apart from Western cooking - my usual style.  Also, although the food preparation part may take a bit longer, the cooking part is extremely quick which helps to preserve all the good vitamins and nutrients.  Although this recipe may not be completely authentic, it is very easy to make and everyone I have made it for has always enjoyed it.  If I am in a hurry, instead of following the method for making pork balls, I just fry some 1-inch cubes of pork (make sure they are thoroughly cooked through) and add them to the sauce and - Voila!

Pork Balls
1 lb ground pork
1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 egg yolk
Salt & black pepper
Cornstarch
Peanut or vegetable oil

Mix together pork, garlic, egg yolk and about 1/8 tsp salt and a few dashes of pepper.  Take 1 Tbs of mixture, form it into a ball and roll in cornstarch.  Fry over low to medium heat (about 20 min.) until golden brown and cooked through.  Taste; if necessary, adjust seasonings of the main uncooked mixture with more salt and pepper.  Form the mixture into about 24 balls coated in cornstarch and fry as before. Drain on a paper towel.

P.S. The pork balls are delicious on their own and could be served on cocktail sticks as an appetizer to go with a dipping sauce.  They also freeze and re-heat well.

Sweet & Sour Sauce
3 Tbs gluten-free soy sauce
4 Tbs apple cider vinegar
3/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbs cornstarch
1 1/4 cups water
1 small can of pineapple rings, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch squares
1/2 lb fresh tomatoes, quartered

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Pork RecipePlace the soy sauce, vinegar and sugar in a medium, non-stick saucepan.  Mix cornstarch with the water and add to the pan.  With stirring, bring to a boil and then simmer gently for 5 min.  Add green pepper, tomatoes and pineapple.  Simmer for another 5 min.  Serve with white rice.

4 servings

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