Friday, September 25, 2015

Tasty Fried Rice

I really like rice! I mean, I grew up on it. Every dinner was accompanied with rice. White rice with a some meat in a tasty sauce and veggies. The rice would soak up some of the sauce from the meat and the veggies added the right crisp, bitter to round out the flavors.


Of course there was the occasional Friday night pasta nice. Or if it was soccer season, spaghetti every Tuesday and Thursday. (I'm still burnt out on spaghetti to this day.) But every other dinner with rice, meat and veggies was always a welcomed meal! Holy cow!


My mom always fried up the rice with some canola oil and chopped onions. Oh man! The flavor! But for some reason, when I moved out on my own I stopped eating so much rice. I may eat rice once a month. Maybe. Maybe...


So this fried rice recipe was a real treat. Oh man, the combination of bitter (ginger, garlic, scallion whites), sweet (hoisin sauce, shiitake mushrooms) and a pinch of spice just really hit the spot. It all comes together nice and neat in one 12-inch skillet. Pair it off with a nice Riesling white wine and a bowl of your favorite melon. Booyah! Dinner is served!


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
  • 5 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 scallions, whites minced and greens thinly sliced - separated
  • 2 small shallots sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups shredded pork, chicken or beef
  • 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil


Instructions

Combine Hoisin sauce, soy sauce and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Set aside. 

Heat 1-teaspoons of oil in a 12-inch skillet until shimmer on medium heat. Add beaten egg to skillet and let it sit until beginning to set, roughly 15 seconds. Scrabble the eggs until cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove eggs from skillet and set aside. Wipe down the skillet and return to heat.

Heat 2-teaspoons of oil in now clean skillet. Add shiitake mushrooms to skillet, Cook mushrooms until lightly brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, scallion whites, and sugar to skillet. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to a minute. Add cooked rice and cook until heated through, stirring to mix all ingredients and heat until rice is warmed. Add shredded meat and Hoisin sauce mixture. Stir ingredients until all ingredients are coated in sauce. Continue cooking until meat is heated through. 

Remove skillet off the heat. Stir in scrabbled eggs and and scallion greens. Serve immediately and enjoy!