Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"tina" fried brown rice..


there is something about fried rice.. i love it.. whenever we go to an asian restaurant i usually order rice as  my dinner entree and then nibble (gorge) on appetizers as well.. this is "fried" rice with a little twist.. i used brown jasmine rice.. i used bacon but you could use pork, beef, turkey, spam, shrimp or strictly leave it veggies!! very versatile and easy to make.. the other day i made sweet & spicy chicken stir fry.. recipe here.. and this rice was a perfect side.. i have been making this dish for about 20 years.. i originally got it from my friend tina.. (i've mentioned her and her amazing recipes several times here.. awesome cook) but like so many recipes it's changed, mutated and evolved over the years.. but the basic concept started many many years ago from one of tina's step mom's friend..


bacon fried brown rice

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 30 minutes
servings: 6-8

2 strips of center cut bacon, diced (interesting tid bit i learned from hungry girl.. center cut bacon has the same calories and fat as turkey bacon she explains here, and while i love turkey i am not a fan of turkey bacon..)
4 cups cooked brown jasmine rice
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups frozen peas and carrots, cooked in microwave according to package directions
2 scrambled eggs
2-3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbls. fish sauce
1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
salt and pepper
scallion white and green part for garnish

i scramble my eggs and kind of crumple them up to bite size pieces.. and set aside.. make rice according to package directions.. heat a large wok over medium high heat.. cook bacon until done but not crispy.. remove to a plate an set aside.. keeping wok on medium high heat add onion and garlic cook until soft about 4-5 minutes..add cooked rice.. toss to combine.. add peas, carrots, eggs and bacon.. toss again to combine.. add soy sauce, fish sauce and vinegar.. stir to combine ..cook another 4-5 minutes heating everything through.. add salt and pepper to taste.. continue to cook for about 5-7 more minutes tossing and stirring make sure it doesn't stick.. add scallions and stir to incorporate.. serve while hot..

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