THE YANKEE CHEF: A dish to ‘put a smile on your face’

A dish of Pineapple Basil Pork Bowl is shown.
A dish of Pineapple Basil Pork Bowl is shown. PHOTO BY JIM BAILEY

A super quick and spicy Asian-style bistro bowl with textures and flavors that will instantly put a smile on your face. You can substitute beef or chicken easily enough, as well as vary the vegetables. Even add some more crunch in the way of chow mein noodles sprinkled on top.

Pineapple Basil Pork Bowl

INGREDIENTS

1(8-ounce)can pineapple chunks

½ cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons oil

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About 1 pound lean, boneless pork

2-3 hot peppers of our choice, diced small

1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil

½ bell pepper(any color), diced small

¾ cup roasted peanuts of your choice

1 (8 ounce)can sliced bamboo shoots, diced

1/3 cup minced, fresh basil

1½ tablespoons soy sauce

3 cups hot cooked rice

INSTRUCTIONS

Drain pineapple and whisk juice, broth and cornstarch well in a small bowl; set aside. Cut pork into 1-inch pieces; set aside. Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat. When hot, add pork and cook, while stirring frequently, until completely cooked through.

Add next 5 ingredients and continue cooking and stirring until vegetables are crisp tender, about another 3-4 minutes.

Add juice mixture and bring to a boil for 30 seconds, or until thickened. Add basil and soy sauce. Stir well and serve hot over rice.

Enough for 3 servings

The Yankee Chef Jim Bailey is a third-generation chef, food columnist, cookbook author and food historian. Bailey lives in Maine with his wife and four children.