Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway}

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

I’m so excited to bring you a great giveaway today from Calphalon. They’re a brand that’s new to my kitchen, and I am happy to say that I really love them. I’ve used another high-end brand (for my stainless steel pieces) in my kitchen for years. You know the one that’s all over the Food Network. It preforms beautifully, but when my younger sister-in-law recently asked me which brand of cookware she should invest in, I was hesitant to recommend the brand I use solely because of the price. I knew they’re must be a comparable line on the market with a better price tag.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Recently I was able to try Calphalon AccuCore stainless cookware. I tried out the piece in the pictures, a 3 quart saute pan. It browns as good as my other skillet, and actually fells better in my hand. The handle feels more stable. The only downside I see is that the sides of the skillet, towards the top may be a little thinner. But on the other hand, these pots and pans come with an attractive clear lid. So there are upsides and downsides to each line.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

 

To really test this skillet out, I tried the most difficult browning that I do. That’s over high heat, with sliced meats, in a purposefully overcrowded pan. I first drizzled a very hot pan with rice oil (it has a high smoke point). Then I added pork slices that had been sprinkled with kosher salt. Now if you have never cooked with stainless, this is what’s going to happen.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

The meat will be completely stuck to the pan at first, but then as it browns, it releases, and that’s when you flip it, or in this case toss it around. I then continued to cook the meat over high heat, letting the other side brown. I made sure there was a good dark brown film all over the bottom before I went to turn down the heat. This is where all the good flavor in the sauce will come from.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

I was happy to see that my pork browned nicely, and didn’t burn. Less expensive skillets that I have owned in the past cannot brown foods without burning them.

Next I add the vegetables and some chicken stock or dry white wine. I continue to cook this, while scrapping from the bottom of the pan, until the vegetables are tender crisp.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

 

As you can see, the liquid that I deglazed the pan with turned the same dark brown color that the bottom of the pan was. Now that’s some flavor packed goodness.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

 

 

 

Next I add some sweet chili Thai dipping sauce and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

 

 

 

 

 

Then to finish the stir-fry I add some Thai basil and remove from the heat.

 

 

I was overly impressed with this skillet. Cleanup was a breeze too. Because I had deglazed the pan, all I had to do was just gently clean it with my dish brush.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

I served the stir-fry with some sushi rice and garnished with sliced green onions. The sweet chili sauce, usually only used as a dip, makes a wonderfully flavorful stir fry that’s not to sweet or spicy. My whole family loved it, even my young son.

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway} by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry

Ingredients:

2 lbs lean pork loin chops, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable or rice oil
1/2 lb snow peas
1 red bell pepper, sliced
3 tablespoons finely diced onion
1/4 cup chicken stock, dry white wine or water
1/2 cup Thai sweet chili dipping sauce
2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil leaves
1/4 cup sliced green onions, for garnish
Cooked white or brown rice

Directions:

Preheat skillet over high heat. Add salt to pork and toss to combine. Drizzle skillet with oil and add pork. Cook over high heat until one side is browned. Turn over pork and cook on the other side. When pork is done, and browned, add chicken stock or wine to deglaze pan. Add snow peas, onion and bell pepper. Cook over medium heat, scraping the bottom of the pan until all the brown bits are up.

Add sweet chili sauce and stir to combine. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat and add Thai basil. Serve with rice garnished with green onions.

Now time for the giveaway!

Calphalon is launching a really cool new site where you can customize your own unique Calphalon set. This set can be customized specifically for your OWN culinary style. With the Your Set by Calphalon, you can pick and choose your favorite pieces from Calphalon’s Unison Nonstick and their AccuCore Stainless Steel. Calphalon.com/YourSet

For a chance to win a $500 Calphalon Gift card, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite stir fry.

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Calphalon blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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128 Responses to “Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry {$500 Calphalon Gift Card Giveaway}”

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  1. 1
    Paula - bell'alimento — November 21, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    My favorite stir fry is a veg stir fry with all the bits and pieces from the fridge!

  2. 2
    MaryB — November 21, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    What a great giveaway. Thanks for offering the chance to win. This stir fry looks delicious.

  3. 3
    Debbie — November 21, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Just pinned this to my foodie board and posted a reminder to add this to my party menu for New Years! Yay! The only stir fry type dish I have tried so far is chicken fried rice so I am looking forward to trying this one.

  4. 4
    Laura C. — November 21, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Honestly, I’m not certain. I’ve made a pork stir fry that I enjoyed…but I definitely want to try this one!

  5. 5
    Amy K. — November 21, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    This looks absolutely perfect for dinner tonight. On my way to get the pork right now. Found you on Pinterest :-)

  6. 6
    Karissa Ferguson — November 21, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    My favorite stir fry is actually a spicy thai basil I had at a restaurant where I used to live so I was thrilled when I saw this recipe! Definitely going to make asap. Crossing my fingers! I could really use more cookware, but of course who couldn’t! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. 7
    Aerin — November 21, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I love stirfried eggplant with basil. I’ll definitely be adapting this recipe to see what I can come up with.

  8. 9
    Cheryl — November 21, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I love rice in my Stiry fry

  9. 10
    Terry J — November 21, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    okay, the ifit doesn’t move comment was mine. it is a challenge to typeon a tablet sometimes. lol

  10. 11
    Jacob Coon — November 21, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    MY favorite stir fry is anything spicy. I really don’t care what meat is in it or what vegetables (except broccoli) just make it spicy!

  11. 12
    Kel — November 21, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I would love to win this. New website sounds neat.

  12. 13
    Anonymous — November 21, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    My favorite is a simple Chinese Veggie with an lemon twist

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  14. 14
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 21, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    I love stir-frys! The snap peas in this are perfect!

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  16. 15
    JulieD — November 21, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Your stir fry looks amazing!!

  17. 16
    Natalie G. — November 21, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    My favorite is nothing fancy- chicken and vegetables are a classic for me!

  18. 17
    Todd — November 21, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    The only stir fry I tried was a frozen bag set.

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  20. 18
    LoriH — November 21, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Thanks this is what is for dinner tonight! Looks Yummy!

  21. 19
    Kate — November 21, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I usually just use seasoned salt for my easy stir fry, this looks delicious though!

  22. 20
    Dorothea — November 21, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    My favorite stir fry is one that uses chicken, green beans, and lots of green onion!

  23. 21
    Madeline — November 21, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    I love the simplicity but deliciousness of this recipe!

  24. 22
    Jennifer C — November 21, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    I love a good stir fry, my husband makes fabulous ones! And what a great giveaway!

  25. 23
    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — November 21, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of pork but that dish looks scrumptious.

  26. 24
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 21, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Wow, your pork stir fry looks amazing!! Love the 3 quart saute pan! :)

  27. 25
    Solducky — November 21, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    that looks SO good!

  28. 26
    Charlette — November 21, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    My favorite stir fry would be spicy chicken and broccoli! Your stir fry looks delish will be making that!

  29. 27
    Rachel Lore'l — November 21, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    I love every kind of stir fry! This looks awesome.

  30. 28
    kesha — November 21, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    Thank you for this great giveaway! I could really use some new pans!

  31. 29
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 21, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    This looks great… your pork did brown very nicely in the pan!

  32. 30
    Maureen — November 21, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    The cookware is wonderful.
    I can’t wait to learn from your site as I just found it.

  33. 31
    Alice C. — November 21, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    How pretty! I like all kinds of stir-fry.

  34. 32
    Sandy Zucker — November 21, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Can’t wait wait to try!!! It looks yummy!!

  35. 33
    Andrea W — November 21, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  36. 34
    Anon — November 21, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    Chicken and broccoli

  37. 35
    Shanna — November 21, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    I love orange chicken stir fry! So yummy!

  38. 36
    Christine M Tubbytelly — November 21, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    Pad Thai

  39. 37
    Jessie C. — November 21, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    I like veggie stir fry

  40. 38
    Elena — November 22, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    I like chicken and broccoli stir fry

  41. 39
    maria cantu — November 22, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    stir fried shrimp

  42. 40
    Emily — November 22, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    My favorite stir fry is broccoli & beef!

  43. 41
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 22, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    I really love stir fry, it is the optimal easy weeknight meal. Super awesome giveaway!

  44. 42
    Jenne — November 22, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    I love lo mein. I like to use spring onions and diced carrots in mine. It is the simplest stir fry.

  45. 43
    E.S. — November 22, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    I love stir fry although I tend to just do chicken with onions and peppers and basic seasoning usually…I should really change it up.

  46. 44
    Amber F. — November 22, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I love General Tso’s Chicken! Yum!! :)

  47. 45
    Kelly D — November 22, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    I like shrimp & broccoli in a stir fry.

  48. 46
    Michelle S — November 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    My favorite stir fry is shrimp and veggies :)

  49. 47
    Adelle — November 22, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I like shrimp with veggie. YUM!

  50. 48
    Cindy Brickley — November 22, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Beef & shrimp stir fry w/ onions,peppers,broccoli,mushrooms over linguine noodles.
    cjbrick@ymail.com

  51. 49
    Cindy Brickley — November 22, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is the only thing I can recall. I started cooking when I was very little and loved it ever since.
    cjbrick@ymail.com

  52. 50
    Wild Orchid — November 22, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love beef and broccoli stir fry!
    Entered the Rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  53. 51
    kfloveinme — November 22, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I love chicken snap peas & brocolli stir fry! Yum & Healthy!

    kfloveinme at gmail dot com

  54. 52
    Wendy T — November 22, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Steak and ginger stir fry for me.

    Thank you.

  55. 53
    Lisa S — November 22, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Chicken and Asian veggies!

  56. 54
    Kate D. — November 22, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    Chicken and broccoli, with spicy stir fry sauce.

  57. 55
    Shelly — November 22, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    I love chicken and peppers in my stir fry with sweet chili sauce!

  58. 56
    Dianne Shaw — November 22, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    My favorite stir fry is chicken and veggies over noodles.

  59. 57
    Rin Matcha — November 23, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    Veggies and tofu stir fry with miso seasoning!

  60. 58
    Rust — November 23, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Shrimp, carrots, broccoli, rice.

  61. 59
    Stephanie Grant — November 23, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I like my stir fry with beef, pork and shrimp with sliced pineapple :)

  62. 60
    Gianna — November 23, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Beef with 3 peppers.

  63. 61
    Holly — November 23, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    My favorite stir fry is cashew chicken.

  64. 62
    Aneesa — November 23, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    I love Shrimp and Bell pepper (Red + Green + Yellow + Orange) stir-fry!

  65. 63
    Jeffrey — November 24, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Truthfully, I love any type. Whatever’s ripened in the garden on that particular day or is on the clearance rack at the grocery store. Usually the meat consists of a lean cut and I usually pile it over a bed of rice or quinoa or a mixture of both. Sometimes we’ll even pile it into a wrap with some spinach or kale. That’s what’s great about stir-fry, you could eat it every day of the week and still not have the same thing twice!

  66. 64
    Ashley H — November 24, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I like the beef and broccoli stir fry.

  67. 65
    Amy L — November 24, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    My favorite stir fry is chicken and broccoli with a simple soy-ginger sauce.

  68. 66
    Sarah — November 24, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    I love lemongrass chicken stir fry.

  69. 67
    Anonymous — November 25, 2012 @ 2:01 am

    I love peanut sauce stir fry!

  70. 68
    Stephanie Gossett — November 25, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    I LOVE Honey Chicken Stir Fry. This would be a dream come true for my family. I want to thank you for the great review and your hard work in hosting this :)

  71. 69
    Amelia — November 25, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    I love chicken teriyaki stir fry, with lots of red peppers, peas, and garlic. Your Thai Basil Pork stir fry looks great too!

  72. 70
    Tian A. — November 25, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    My favorite is veggies and chicken, with pepper and garlic.

  73. 71
    moonsword — November 25, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    Seared tofu and veggies. Cheers!

  74. 72
    amy pugmire — November 26, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    I love rice and i love chicken and mushrooms and peppers and garlic

  75. 73
    Natalie S — November 26, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Definitely chicken or shrimp!

  76. 74
    April J — November 26, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    My favorite is chicken fried rice! Love the taste!

  77. 75
    courtney b — November 26, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    i like egg chow mein stir fry!

  78. 76
    Kaitlin — November 26, 2012 @ 8:55 am
  79. 77
    Melissa — November 26, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I like Mango Chicken Stir Fry. Plus, I really like Jasmine rice with it. The sweet and salty go great together. Especially if they add cashews.

  80. 78
    Sarah — November 26, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I love anything with Peanut Sauce….chicken, broccoli and brown rice are best.

  81. 79
    Denise Sommerfeld — November 26, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    My favorite is broccoli and chicken stir fry!

  82. 80
    Leah B — November 26, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    My favorite stir fry is beef, with broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts, peppers and anything I find in the fridge!

  83. 81
    Dee Parker — November 26, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    I like broccoli and chicken stir fry.

  84. 82
    Rebecca Graham — November 26, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    I like spicy chicken stir fry.

  85. 83
    Carol — November 27, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I just purchased my first Thai basil and am thrilled to see this recipe. I love to make stir fried pepper steak.

  86. 84
    Anonymous — November 27, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    My favorite stir fry is something with chicken and broccoli.

  87. 85
    Sleepyheadedmom@gmail.com — November 28, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    My favorite is a Beef and Broccoli stir fry with oyster sauce.

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  89. 86
    Heather S — November 28, 2012 @ 1:30 am

    I love beef stir fry!

  90. 87
    Nidhi — November 28, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    My favorite stir fry is a ramen noodle stir fry. I cook the noodles and then use soy sauce, the spice packet, onions, garlic and tomatoes to make a base for the stir fry. I use any of the veggies I happen to have in the fridge or freezer although I think cabbage, green peppers and carrots work best.

  91. 89
    Lara — November 28, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    Super veggie stir fry!

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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — November 28, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Loving this giveaway and that dish looks amazing!!!!!

  93. 91
    Susan Z — November 28, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Chicken thighs chopped small with broccoli, bell peppers, onions and snow peas with a variety of seasonings. sooo good:D

  94. 92
    Mike Carner — November 29, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Stir fry is good, cooking it in Calphalon would be great.

  95. 93
    Mike Carner — November 29, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    Oops didn’t get my favorite on post, just a basic veggie stir fry with some tofu.

  96. 94
    Bryan Schwiderske — November 29, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    My favorite is just beef and broccoli, can’t go wrong with that.

  97. 95
    Ken R — November 29, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    a good beef stir fry.
    ginger required…

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    Megan Drylie — November 30, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I like to make a chicken stir-fry with teriyaki sauce and random veggies.

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