Friday, April 13, 2012

Throw away those takeout menus!

WHO NEEDS TAKEOUT when you can make fabulous fried rice at home? This works great with whatever kind of meat you have left over, but in this case, I used some ham from a previous night's dinner. Even my roommate raved about this, and she claims to hate rice!

Pork Fried Rice

2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
3 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large carrot, thinly julienned
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon peeled and grated ginger
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup roasted peppers, chopped
1/2 cup ham, chopped (or any cooked meat you prefer)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
squirt of sriracha
2 eggs

First, prepare the rice. In a large sauce pan, add the rinsed rice and the water. Bring to boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to simmer, and steam covered (no peeking!) for 20 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and saute the onion until tender and translucent. Add the carrot, garlic and ginger, and cook for another couple of minutes.  Then add the peas, chopped peppers, ham (or other meat), pepper, spy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha. Cook for another minute.

Using a spoon or spatula, push the cooked veggie and meat mixture away from the middle of the pan and then crack the eggs in the center. Scramble the eggs as they cook, and when they are very close to being fully set, pull the pan off the heat. Add the rice and mix everything to combine.

Garnish with green onions cut on the bias.

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