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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fried Rice

I'm so impressed with myself! Last night I made a break through in my (lack of) ability to make a good Asian style meal. It's not the first time I've tried, but the other times were either pretty bad, or just ok, so I gave up for a while. I was a little afraid to try it again, but after seeing a recipe for sweet and sour chicken multiple times in my Google Reader, and already having all of the ingredients, I couldn't resist the urge to try again. I'm so glad I did! At first, I was just planning on making sweet and sour chicken with white rice and veggies, but since the chicken cooks for an hour, there is plenty of time to go all out with fried rice. This was an excellent recipe. Aaron even said it tasted like real fried rice. I'm glad it didn't taste fake then!

You can never go wrong with one of Joelen's recipes, so here it is...Thanks Joelen!

Ingredients:
1 cup leftover meats - pork, chicken, beef, seafood (I made vegetable fried rice, no meat this time)
1-2 eggs
3-4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 onion finely diced
3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped vegetables (fresh or frozen)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1-2 tablespoons light or dark soy sauce (I used 2 TBSP of lite soy sauce. Next time I will only use 1 TBSP. I had Aaron make the rice ahead of time and he already salted it.)
1-2 cups prepared rice, cold (or day old)

Directions:
In a hot skillet or wok, heat oil.
Add garlic and onions & stir.
Add leftover meats of your choice, chopped up in bite sized pieces.
Stir fry meats until you get them a bit crispy.
Push the meats aside and crack eggs into the pan.
Scramble the eggs into the pan until cooked.
Add cold rice over the eggs & meat into the pan, making sure to crumble it in your fingers. (Dumping a large chunk of rice is not going to work here. You need to crumble it so it separates nicely).
Add salt, pepper, onion & garlic powders and soy sauce; toss. (I left out the extra salt, the rice was salty enough)
Allow the rice to heat up and absorb the spices and soy sauce, tossing to help it along.
Add the fresh or frozen veggies and toss into the rice.
Continue cooking it all on high heat until rice is heated through and veggies are cooked.

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