Traditional stir-fries typically are served over rice or noodles. But we decided to think outside the wok.
Instead we went for another favorite autumnal starch -- mashed potatoes. The result is a quick and easy stir-fry that's a bit like shepherd's pie (though jammed with more vegetables).
We also stuck with autumn as our inspiration and used produce and seasonings appropriate to the season. But mashed potatoes go so well with so many things, there's no reason not to mix it up a bit and add whatever produce you crave or happen to have.
Start to finish: 25 minutes
For a simple mashed potato, in a large saucepan combine 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes with enough cool water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain, return the potatoes to the saucepan, then mash with milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste.
8 ounces bacon
12 ounces pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch chunks
1 pound Brussels sprouts, quartered
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Mashed potatoes, to serve
In large, deep skillet over medium-high, cook bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to paper towel-lined plate to drain, leaving the fat in skillet. Over medium-high, add the pork strips and sear to brown, about 2 minutes. It does not need to cook through. Transfer the pork to a plate and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and add the onion, sage and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown at the edges. Add the carrots and Brussels sprouts and saute for 5 to 6 minutes, or until starting to brown. Add the broth, then cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Return the pork to the pan, add the cranberries, then cook, uncovered, for another 5 to 6 minutes, or until the pork is cooked. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve over mashed potatoes, crumbling the bacon on top.
Per serving (not counting potatoes; values rounded off): 340 calories; 170 calories from fat (49 percent of calories); 19g fat (6g sat.; 0g trans fat); 65mg cholesterol; 25g carbs; 460mg sodium.