Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making Tuesday Tasty-Fried Rice

Rice is easy, inexpensive, and fairly quick to make. Even easier if you have prepared it in advance to make a dish like fried rice. I grew up eating it kind of a poor man's way. My mom would make the calrose or pearl rice because she loved sticky rice. She would cook some bacon in the pan and pour off most of the grease, leaving a little to fry in. She would then add the steamed rice, green onion, egg, and soy sauce to complete. We LOVED this and I still love it this way. Below is a recipe I found off Food Network. It has more ingredients but, the beauty of fried rice, as with many dishes, is you can make it your own. You can add tons of different veggies in it, proteins, and even sauces.


1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cooked pork chops, diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup rice, regular or instant, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves


Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and tilt pan to coat the surface. Cook eggs in an even layer until cooked through, flipping halfway through cooking (about 2 minutes per side). Remove eggs, dice into small pieces and set aside.

To the same pan, heat remaining peanut oil. Add onion, garlic and ginger and cook 2 minutes. Add diced pork and cook 3 minutes, until golden brown. Add rice, soy sauce and sesame oil and cook 2 minutes to heat through. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Transfer to a serving plate and top with chopped eggs.