Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grandma's Fried Rice

chef's fried rice

I am honored to have my Aunt Melissa guest posting today.  I asked her to share a few of her favorite recipes.  The first recipe she chose is my Grandmother's Fried Rice.  I hope you'll try it!  Please check back for her next recipe coming soon...Verde Burritos!  Mmm....

Guest post by Melissa Whaley

When we were growing up, Mom used to put all of the rice into a deep bowl and really pack it in. Then she would put a plate over the top and invert it, removing the bowl carefully to make a pretty "mold" of pork fried rice. :)  It looks really pretty if you reserve a few sprigs of green onion to poke into the tops of the mountains. I used to tell my kids it was Mt. Fuji and the green was the lava/steam shooting out. ;-)  Honestly, this is a meal in itself, but you can obviously add as many other things to it as you want to make it more Chinese style.  :)

It's yummy and easy for the little ones to eat!  You can adjust it to fit the size of your family, but I'll try and "guess" at the quantities for each item in order to serve 12 (leftovers are always good!). Here we go:


Basmati OR Jasmine Rice (follow serving directions for 12)
6 Whole Eggs
1 lb. Bacon
2 Bunches Green Onion (chopped in 1/4 in. pieces, including greens)
1 Bag SLIGHTLY Frozen Petite Peas (C&W is the best!)
Peanut Oil (or Canola)
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Seasoning (I like Spike)

Prepare rice according to directions (I use my rice cooker).

In HUGE skillet (or use 2 large), spray a generous amount of non-stick spray. Chop raw bacon into small pieces and cook over medium until brown and perfectly crispy. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the drippings.

In separate bowl, beat up the 6 eggs and add to warm drippings. Stir vigorously with a chopstick to create stringy pieces of cooked egg. Remove and add to bacon bowl. If necessary, add a T. of peanut oil so that there is enough to sautee the peas. Toss the peas around long enough to warm them through, but not make them mush! Remove with slotted spoon to bacon and egg bowl.

Next, add 2 T. oil to pan and scrape the goodies from the bottom of the pan. Add 1/4 C. Spike to oil  and add all of the cooked rice. Stir the rice, oil and Spike until well mixed. Next, add the bacon, egg, peas and chopped green onion back in. Stir just until combined. You want the onion raw because green onions wilt so quickly. The hot rice will cook them to perfection as you stir.

Finally, add the soy sauce, using just enough to flavor and "wet" the rice to your liking.  Enjoy!

What do YOU like to add to your Fried Rice to make it special?

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