Monday, April 23, 2018
Pork with Peanut Butter Sauce and Wild Rice...
Being a Brainy Gourmet means thinking on your feet ~ fast and frugal. As I have said many times before on this blog, you as a home chef should know what you like and don't like; sweet/savory, herbs and spices. You should know which of the five senses works best for you when you cook and for me its smell. Seriously, when I cook, I take a deep breath and I know what I have to add.
For this dish, in the morning I put out to thaw a package of pork (white meat) in stew size chunks. When I got home, I looked in the pantry and fridge to see what I could do with this package of meat. I had onions, wild rice, a bit of red pesto and peanut butter as well as heavy cream, soy sauce and herbs.
Aah, the perfect ingredients for an African dish called Dovi Chicken and even similar to an Indian dish called Murgh Makhani... only this was going to be made with pork. My sweetie called it Turkish delight but its really whatever you imagine.
To begin, start a sauce pan with 2 cups of water to boil 1 cup of wild rice. Then saute one onion in olive oil. When browned on the edges, add 3 tbs of butter. Next add the pork and let sizzle slowly until the meat turns from pink to white. Pour in 2/3 cup of peanut butter (the oily self stir brand).
Then, add dried herbs: rosemary, mint and oregano along with 2-3 tbs of red pesto, 3-4 tbs of soy sauce and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. As it thickens, you may add water but slowly for the preferred consistency. You can also prepare a side of green beans, adding color.
When the rice is tender, drain and ladle onto a serving plate. Pour over the pork and sauce, lay on the green beans and serve.
~ Tutti a Tavola!