Savoury Stuffed Orange Slices

I like to begin a dinner party with something elegant and unusual that delights the eye and gets the conversation started. At the same time, I want something that is fairly easy to make which will allow me to spend time with my guests. These orange slices certainly fulfil that need. They are light and refreshing with a unique bite. You can assemble them at least an hour before serving.

Ingredients

  • 100 g (4 oz) minced pork
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • Β½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
  • 25 g (1 oz) sugar
  • 50 g (2 oz) peanuts, roasted and crushed
  • Β½ teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh coriander leaves

Method

Combine the pork with the soy sauce, Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry and sesame oil.

Peel the oranges and, with a small sharp knife, slice them horizontally into 5-mm (ΒΌ-in) thick pieces.

Heat a wok or large frying-pan over high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the pork and stir-fry for 4 minutes or until it is cooked through. Drain any fat off the pork, then return it to the wok. Add the sugar and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the mixture begins to dry out. Then add the peanuts and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Transfer the pork mixture to a bowl, season with salt and pepper, mix well and allow the mixture to cool.

When the mixture has cooled, place a coriander leaf on each orange slice. Fill each slice with 2 teaspoons of the pork, then fold it over. Continue to fill them until you have used up all the mixture. Arrange on a serving dish.

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