Being Chinese, make stir-fry is in our blood. Stir-fry dishes are always on our dinner table. For our family, we’re not traditionalists, so we often incorporate ingredients and flavours from other cuisines.
This time, we had a pack of Johnsonville Italiano Sausage Meat. It’s most expected to be a pizza topping, or being made into meatballs. Because we also got some fresh snow peas out of my mother-in-law’s garden, we decided to make a stir-fry.
The sausage meat is basically ground pork seasoned with Italian style herbs and spices. It’s like a hack for not having to season your meat. It also means that you have to watch how much additional seasoning you’re putting in this dish – it could get salty.
- 1 pack of Johnsonville Italiano Mild Sausage Meat (375g)
- 300g snow peas
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 shallot
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 slices of ginger, julienned
- 6 sage leaves, stemmed & julienned
- 1 teaspoon of Chinese cooking wine
- Salt to taste
Heat up your wok/frying pan with some oil. Add in the sausage meat, break it into smaller chunks to brown the meat. Don’t stir often, or juices would come out and it would get too wet. Splash the Chinese cooking wine, and throw in the julienned sage leaves. Take the meat out when it’s close to fully cooked (meat is not pink anymore), about 10 minutes.
Sweat the shallot, garlic and ginger with the leftover oil in the wok. Add in the bell pepper and snow peas. Season with some salt. Add the sausage meat back in the pan and stir. Plate and serve.
Changing Things Up
Don’t have the exact ingredients? Here are a few tips on this recipe:
- Substitute the snow peas with snap peas or green beans.
- Use regular ground pork instead of pre-seasoned sausage meat. That way, you can choose your preferred mix of lean & fatty pork. You also have control over the seasoning. We would season ground pork with soy sauce, white pepper, and Chinese cooking wine.
- Like your food spicy? Add some chili oil as you stir in the meat with the veggies. We like the Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp or XO sauce.
- While this will go well with rice, feel free to make this into a fried noodle dish. Just add in some vermicelli or rice noodles to the stir-fry.
Disclaimer: The pack of Johnsonville sausage meat was provided to us free of charge, but the recipe and opinions in this post are entirely our own.