Pork in San-J Orange Sauce with Spicy Caramelized Walnuts #Review #Recipe

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I wrote previously of my delight with San-J’s Asian BBQ Sauce. Today I bring you their Orange Sauce. This sauce is typically used with chicken but I like to be different. OK – you can all stop laughing now.


I decided to use it with pork. Pork is a treat around this household and the freezer is usually full of goat or chicken, chicken or goat so when I get anything else I am thrilled. I, like most people, love pork.



 I had some lovely home grown pork (about 1/2 a pound) from a friend and so I cut it up into little pieces. (At this point I must apologize for some of the photos in this post. Somehusband – and I am not naming names except to say I only HAVE one husband – decided to play with the settings on my camera and even though he claims my photos should be better…..they suck. That’s all I will detail from our “discussions.” )


While the meat was marinating and the rice was cooking my little brain decided I wanted something crunchy on top of the pork. But what? Hmmm, I got to thinking and thinking and thinking and an idea popped into my head. I grabbed some walnuts and gave them a light toasting.



Then I put:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp 5 spice powder
1/2 tsp salt


into my pan. I let it melt into a caramel. You need to watch this so it doesn’t burn. I used med high heat. Once the sugar starts to melt it happens fast.

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I turned off the heat and I added the walnuts. 



I got them well coated and turned them onto my cutting board to cool. I then chopped them into smaller pieces. Always remember that melted sugar is HOT, HOT,HOT!!!!



Cooking the meat was super easy. I just heated a pan and poured the marinated pork in with the sauce. It took about 6 minutes. I let it rest off the heat for two minutes. I added in a bit more of the San-J Orange Sauce during cooking so I would have enough to coat the rice during dinner.



To serve I put the pork and some sauce on the rice and topped it with the caramelized, spicy walnuts. 



The hubby had snow peas on the side and I had – all together now – green beans.



The pork was moist and delicious. The Orange Sauce added a delightful citrus taste that was mildly sweet, mildly spicy and the walnuts on top were a perfect contrast with their spicy crunch.
I think I will probably use the San-J Orange Sauce with shrimp next and I will eventually work my way to chicken.


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Disclosure:  I received San-J products gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free products. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

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