Have you ever had one of those days? You’re exhausted, you worked late, and you still have to get dinner on the table for a bunch of hungry mouths. And at the last minute two of the kids ask if their friends can stay for dinner. But why stop there? Might as well invite the in-laws to swing by too? Yep… that was my night last night. What the heck to cook? Especially now that the number has grown from a reasonable 10 (yes, I actually still call dinner for 10 “reasonable”) to a difficult 14. Now I’ve gotta cook for a crowd.
There are some dinners that are easy to “stretch” (easy spaghetti or a beautiful summer salad work well), and there are others where you just have to draw the line and say No. Dinner. Guests. (individual baked potato bar or homemade hamburgers are tough to multiply). The easiest stretchable meal of them all is the ever-convenient stir fry. Anything you can slop over rice or noodles is the answer to any meal when the numbers unexpectedly grow and you find yourself having to cook for a crowd. So when everyone started texting me about the additional mouths to feed, I replied to all the more the merrier. We’re having Delicious and Easy Pork Stir Fry!
When folks are crowding the kitchen like hungry birds with beaks agape, I’ve been known to take a short cut or two. Ground pork in lieu of slicing tender strips of tenderloin works great in a pinch. Bagged snap peas and pre-sliced mushrooms are lifesavers, as well. Throw in some garlic, chopped red bell peppers, an easy sauce, and toss it onto some thick, satisfying soba noodles and the deed is done! So the next time kids or spouses throw some last minute guests at you, keep a smile on your face (and a glass of wine in your hand) and serve up some Delicious and Easy Pork Stir Fry.
Start with some fresh ingredients and a lot of ground pork for all those mouths to feed.
I love my cast iron wok, but any large sautee pan will work for your ground pork and green onions, then (my favorite) the savory mushrooms!
After the veggies are stirred around a bit, we’ll make a very quick sauce directly in the pan, then throw it all together, serve over tender soba noodles, and you’ve got a dinner to please all!