In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat, coating all sides of skillet.
Once oil is warm and shimmering, add pork and cook until all sides are browned.
Add garlic, sautéing for a minute, until garlic becomes fragrant.
Add soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, pepper and water, stir ingredients together and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and let pork simmer for 45 minutes or until tender, being careful so as not to let pork dry. Add 1/2 cup of water at a time several times to keep pork moist and tender and to achieve the desired amount of sauce.
In the last few minutes of simmering, stir in brown sugar or honey.
Serve over rice, salad or stir-fried vegetables and enjoy!
Wash and dry the apples well, and insert a wood or paper stick into the stem end of each.
Chop the bacon and cook it until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels, then crumble or roughly chop. Reserve 1 Tbsp. of the drippings and pour it into a small saucepan with the caramels and cream or water. Cook over medium-low heat until completely melted and smooth.
Dip the apples into the caramel, turning to coat completely, then allow excess caramel to drip off and set on a parchment-lined sheet. Sprinkle with bacon while the caramel is still soft, then let set.
Makes 6 caramel apples – recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
When you’re looking for a one-dish meal to make dinner preparation easier, count on Indiana Kitchen. This quick and simple dish combines delicious pork with a takeout menu favorite you can make right at home.
In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine the rice and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the water has evaporated and the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside, uncovered.
In a wok or large skillet over high heat, warm the oil. Add the Indiana Kitchen pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer about half of the pork to a plate or bowl and cover loosely to keep warm.
Add the rice and vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and soy sauce. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs, gently stirring the eggs occasionally until softly set, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir to mix the eggs into the rice. Add more soy sauce to taste, top with the reserved Indiana Kitchen pork, and serve.
Note: Cooking the rice al dente will help keep it from becoming gummy in the stir-fry.