Friday, March 17, 2017

Recipe #117: My Mom's Chop Suey...Simple but Truly a Winner!

As long as I can remember, I loved my mom's chop suey.  I don't make it that often, but isn't it nice when you can make something that tastes exactly as you remember?  The only difference here is that my mom used both beef and pork in her recipe and I use only pork.  I actually buy boneless pork chops as they are extremely lean.  This recipe takes only a little over an hour to make and is really delicious.  It's nothing like you would find in a Chinese restaurant but the flavor is good, in part due to the bacon fat used to brown the pork.  Now, let's cook...

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork, cut into 1" cubes         1 tbsp bacon fat
1/2 tsp salt                                                          2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2" pieces                   1 small onion, chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 cup bean sprouts                                             1 small can sliced water chestnuts, roughly chopped
3-4 tbsp soy sauce                                             1/4 cup molasses

In a large dutch oven over high heat, melt bacon fat until smoking.  Brown pork on all sides.  Add salt and garlic and cook just a minute more.  Turn heat down to medium and and add 4 cups water.  Stir in the soy sauce and molasses.  Here's where it may get tricky.  There should be a salty/sweet taste to the liquid.  Too much molasses makes it sharp tasting, and too much soy sauce makes it too salty tasting.  Taste until you feel comfortable.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for a an hour.  Add rest of ingredients and simmer for another 30 minutes.  The water should be below the meat at this point.  In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp flour with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the chop suey juice to make a thick slurry.  Add to pot, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, making sort of a gravy.  I always serve over rice and hard chinese noodles.  Bon appetit!




boneless pork...if you don't eat pork, you can use chicken or beef...

from left to right...low sodium soy sauce, molasses, bacon fat, onion, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, celery...