Mmm… Food


From Leftovers to Tasty new Treats
February 9, 2009, 10:52 am
Filed under: Cooking

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Earlier in the week we had prepared a Thai Caramelized Pork Salad where we cooked 4 pork chops instead of the 2 requried leaving us with 2 leftovers.  As we were missing the rest of the ingredients that went into the Thai salad, we had to find a new use for them.  Enter the fried rice stir-fry.  When I looked at the wonderful creation that April whipped up for us Friday nite, I thought.  Yes!! Stir-Fry is a great answer to leftovers when you don’t know what to do with them.  We made a batch of rice in the rice cooker (I think it was Julie Powell in “Julie and Julia” who said people either love or hate the rice cooker.  We love it, I promote it, and never ever!! want to make rice in a pot with a lid again ever!!!) and then April set out to make some fixings to make a pork fried rice stir fry.  So simple, I plan on trying it soon. (Although really my logic side likes a recipe more than free wheeling in the kitchen.  April is the one to ask to make you something, when we don’t have a plan and you have to use what’s available)

What she used.

1 onion – diced
1/2 container mushrooms – sliced
1 carrot – diced
1 red pepper – chopped
handful of almonds
can of water chestnuts
2 leftover pork chops cut into cubes
2 garlic cloves – chopped
1 piece candied ginger
2 eggs
hoisin sauce
olive oil
salt
pepper

Simply add some olive oil to a pan and stir fry your vegetables. Start with the one that will take the longest to cook, like the carrots and onions, you might add the chopped garlic and ginger now also. Gradually add in the other ingredients like water chestnuts, peppers and mushrooms. You’re trying to get everything cooked to the right degree without overdoing it. You can set all of these aside.

Add a little more oil and put the rice into the pan to fry. Break 1 or 2 eggs and whip them in a side container. Pour the eggs over the entire mixture. Toss together to get cooked egg mixed in with your rice. Add all of your vegetables and meat back in with your rice. Add the hoisin sauce and mix everything thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper and Voila!! You’ve got yourself a tasty new treat.

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