Pork Stir-Fried with Spinach, Onions and Pineapple

February 28, 2012

in Breakfasts,Entrees,Recipes

By Riki Shore

Pork Stir-Fried with Spinach, Onions and Pineapple

Although not local to any of the 48 mainland states, pineapple is a great winter fruit. It’s high in manganese, vitamin C and bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion.

Pineapple’s sweet-tart flavor is a welcome addition to many dishes: it can be used as a marinade for pork, baked with sugar and vanilla for dessert, or sliced raw for snacking.

When I buy pineapple, I test it for ripeness first by plucking a center leaf from its top, which should come off easily. Then I turn it upside down and sniff the bottom, which should smell sweetly of ripe pineapple.

Once home, I slice off the top and bottom so I have a level cylinder. Standing the fruit on its bottom, I trim off the rough skin all the way around. Then I cut the pineapple in quarters vertically. Still holding the quarters upright, I remove the tough inner core from each quarter. Finally laying the wedges on their sides, I cut each into 1/2-inch chunks.

Cut pineapple keeps for several days, covered, in the fridge. We snack on it and stuff it in lunchboxes and add it to stir-fries. The one pictured above, which I ate for breakfast, came together with some leftover pork carnitas and fresh veggies that I had on hand. If you like spice, add some sriracha or other hot sauce to kick it up.

Pork carnitas
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 cup sliced pineapple
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet.
2. Slice the onion thinly and add it to the skillet with the salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onion is just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the pineapple and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, about another 4 – 5 minutes.
4. Add the pork and spinach to the skillet. Cook just long enough to heat the pork and wilt the spinach. Serve with sriracha, guacamole, or pickled red onions on top.

Here are a few other pineapple recipes for you to try:

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maria February 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Mmmmm, yummy!

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