Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Secret is in the Sauce

Alright...I can't stand it anymore! Without the regular use of my computer I am going through some serious withdrawls. Two weeks without being able to play Show and Tell with Mary. So used my girlfriend's computer and emailed myself a picture so that I can place it on this post from my workplace tonight - is that a little pathetic?

Oh, well.

Today I am showing and telling about the sauce that has saved my dinner times many times over - Sweet and Sour sauce. When I am running late or running short on pantry items I pull out the ingredients for this sauce and make up a quick and easy meal.

Sweet & Sour Sauce
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cider or wine vinegar
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. hot pepper juice
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 can pineapple
green pepper chopped in 1" pieces

1. mix top 7 ingredients into frying pan (I use a wok) and bring to slow boil while stirring,

2. Add remaining 2 ingredients and stir until boiling again until thickened

That's it for the sauce. I have used meatballs (as in the picture), stir fried chicken pieces, and pork chunks. The pineapple and green pepper are really just options - if I have them. Sometimes I'll caramelize onion wedges to add in, too, and the bed of noodles in the picture can be replaced with rice.

It really is a 'search and rescue' pantry meal - and my family always likes the different versions presented to them. It's the sauce that sells it!

For more S&T, go see Mary!

7 comments:

Canadagirl said...

What a YUMMY S&T ! I sure wished I wasn't allergic to tomatoes and pinapple. ((sigh)) But once and awhile I splurge. [0; I have missed you and wondered Where In The World is Kim from Canada was.

Blessings and ((HUGS))
In Him<><
-Mary

newlyweds said...

That looks and sounds extremely yummy. I love go to meals like these.

Pam said...

I can imagine how awful it must be to have computer withdrawal. I do that with even a short time away from mine.
That sauce sounds great. We love S&S sauce around our house.

Suzy Scribbles said...

No, that is not pathetic. It's more like OC (obsessive-compulsive). You've got it bad, girl! LOL

My mouth watered. Time for lunch. Wish I could eat what you have there. *sigh*

Kidcraze said...

Yummy!
I think I"ll just have to copy that down.

Antoinette said...

Thank you for the s&s recipe - I don't have one but my family loves s&s so I always buy the store bought variety. I'll have to try your recipe.
I totally understand your withdrawl symptoms and feeling bad about missing Mary and s&s. I 've done something similar when I was without (but worse.) I went to a Starbucks and sat in their coffee shop and used their wireless. Now, that's what I consider desperate.
Antoinette

Mrs. Parunak said...

This looks delightfully easy. I have a very "authentic" sweet and sour recipe in a Chinese cookbook that's lots of work and very involved--definitely NOT a quick pantry meal. This one sounds much more practical.