Serves 4 Preparation: 15 Minutes Cooking: 20 Minutes
The tart flavor of the pineapple goes perfectly with the spiced pork topping, and the finely chopped chile gives it an added kick. The peanuts can be roasted in a heavy dry skillet or in a moderate oven spread out on a baking sheet.
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
1 tsp finely sliced lemon grass
1 tsp chopped fine cilantro root
8 oz lean minced pork
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 oz unsalted peanuts, roasted and chopped fine
4 slices of pineapple
Cilantro leaves and chopped red chili
1 Heat the peanut oil in a skillet, add the onion, and cook gently for three to four minutes until softened.
2 Add the lemon grass and cilantro root and cook for one minute, then stir in the pork, breaking up any lumps of meat with a spoon.
3 Fry until the pork is no longer pink, then add the fish sauce, light soy sauce, tomato ketchup, and chicken broth. Simmer over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the sugar and allow to cool.
4 Stir half the peanuts into the pork mixture and spoon onto the pineapple slices to serve. Garnish with cilantro leaves, finely chopped red chili, and the remaining peanuts sprinkled over.
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Recipe reprinted by permission.
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