Appetizers

Asian Glazed Pork Apple Toasts

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 10 challah bread slices
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) melted butter
  • 2 tart apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped chives

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ºF (200 ºC). In bowl whisk together sugar, soy sauce, hoisin, vinegar, five-spice powder, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and honey until well combined.

  2. Place pork in resealable bag. Pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the glaze over the pork, reserving the rest for basting. Set aside 2 tbsp for brushing over toast. Marinate overnight or up to 1 day.

  3. If grilling preheat greased grill to high for 10 minutes then turn to medium for grilling. If using a broiler set it to low. Grill or broil pork, turning until browned on all sides and basting occasionally for about 15 minutes, until just a hint of pink remains in pork. Transfer to cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Ensure internal temperature has reached 160ºF (71ºC).

  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Using a 2 1/2-inch (5 cm) round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut 2 circles from each piece of bread. Transfer to a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush with butter and bake in preheated oven until bread is toasted, about 7 minutes. Top each with an apple slice and bake 3 minutes more to soften apple.

  5. To assemble: Brush apple toasts with additional glaze. Cut pork in 1/4-inch (5 mm) slices across the grain. Arrange 1 slice over top of each apple toast. Sprinkle with chopped chives if desired.

Tip: If you are short on time, prepared Asian BBQ sauce (Char Siu sauce), found in most grocery stores can be substituted for the glaze.