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Friday, October 29, 2010

Fried Rice for Lydia

This recipe was requested by Lydia.  We made it while in Germany, trying to use up a LOT of cooked rice we had.
Fried rice is a dish that is meant to use up leftovers.  So check out your fridge and see what you find.  (But if it’s more than a week old, THROW it out!)  I’m giving a range of amounts because it can vary by what you have and how many you aim to feed. 

2 tsp oil (I like bacon grease for flavor, but you can use any oil)
¼-1/2 cup chopped onion (some like using green onions)
¼-1/2 cup chopped celery
¼-1/2 cup chopped or grated carrots
¼-1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 -1 cup cooked meat, or cook up several slices of bacon and omit the oil
¼ cup green peas (optional, but adds nice color)(defrosted, should cook as you finish the dish)
Cooked rice, about ½-1 cup per person, depending on what else is being served
1-3 tsp soy sauce, preferably Kikkoman or a Japanese brand
Ground black pepper
1-2 Tbsp catsup (optional)
1 egg (optional)

Fry whatever vegetables you are using in oil until almost cooked to your liking.  (It will cook a little more in the process.)  Add the meat and rice, breaking up big chunks.  Keep stirring to mix it up and continue breaking up rice.  At some point you can add the soy sauce, pepper, and catsup to taste.  Start with the smallest amounts and add as needed.  Continue mixing until heated through.

If you want to add an egg, clear a space in the pan by moving the rice over.  Break the egg into the space and scramble a bit, then mix into the rice and cook.

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