Sunday, August 20, 2006

FRIED RICE WITH SHRIMP

Let me say honestly, up front, that this did not turn out as I wanted it, nor like I have prepared it several times prior. It was probably because I only had brown rice and I do not think it has the right taste for this dish. Also, I only had canned peas and they are too mushy for the proper taste. Therefore, I will propose the proper ingredients to make yours turn out properly.

Get the following together:

- Two cups of white “5 minute” rice, cook with butter and a slice of Velveeta cheese in the water
- One package of pre-cooked, peeled, and deveined cocktail size shrimp (use fresh if you have time and don’t mind the work)
- One package of frozen peas, or peas and carrots, allow to sit out and thaw until the individual peas will separate
- One bunch of fresh green onions, diced into ¼” pieces
- One small jar of mushrooms, diced into small pieces
- About 1/3 of both a red and yellow bell pepper, sliced and diced
- About six halves of dried tomatoes, sliced and diced
- Four or five extra crispy fried bacon strips, crumble into pieces when cool
- Three or four large eggs
- One package of Kikkoman Fried Rice Seasoning Mix (or whatever brand you find)
- Soy and sweet and sour sauce

Begin by cooking the rice and allowing it to cool. Also cook the bacon and allow it to cool.

With all the onions, peppers, bacon, dried tomatoes, and mushrooms dumped into a bowl and sitting on the side ready for use, start some olive oil and garlic heating in the largest skillet you have.

When the oil is hot and the garlic begins to sizzle, dump in the bowl of vegetables and bacon, and stir-fry until they soften. Add some salt and pepper. Do not over cook, because they will be in the heat for a few more minutes as other ingredients are added.

When the vegetables are soft, dump in the rice, the cooked shrimp, the frozen peas, some soy sauce to taste, and fry until very hot and most of the oil is absorbed. If you use fresh shrimp, cook it first and sit it aside add it at this stage.

Now push the rice and vegetables to one side of the skillet and crack in the eggs. Salt and pepper the eggs and scramble them. When done, mix into the rice and vegetables along with Fried Rice Seasoning. Taste a bite at this point to determine if more salt and pepper is needed.

Some people’s taste is best fitted for just leaving it as is at this stage. Others may prefer a little hint of sweetness, so they can add some sweet and sour sauce after turning off the heat. Mix thoroughly and serve. I prefer a bowl and a large spoon to insure I have a little of everything in each bite.

1 comment:

Fathairybastard said...

Damn, now I'm gonna heve to go eat Chinese food tonight.

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