Pork and Vegetable Fried Rice
How else do you ring in the New Year but with some good old homemade Chinese food? Fried rice is so yummy, but ordering it from your local Chinese restaurant isn’t always the healthiest option. I love making my own huge pan of pork fried rice, and I enjoy adding all kinds of good vegetables to it! My sister calls this dish my “dirty rice” because all of the ingredients make the rice turn a crispy brown color. For added texture, flavor, and protein, I also add eggs to my fried rice. This is a very versatile dish which can be changed according to your preference. You could easily omit the meat and substitute soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian dish, or even make it vegan by using just vegetables and no eggs.
4 (or more depending upon your need) cups of cooked rice
Olive oil as needed
1 cup of chopped peppers
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 cup of chopped cooked ham
1 cup of chopped celery
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce depending upon your preference
Begin by cooking your white rice accordingly if you are not using left over rice. Next, chop all of the vegetables.
Drizzle some olive oil in a large pan and add all of the vegetables and saute on medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the cooked ham and cook for another 5 minutes.
Next, add the cooked rice and drizzle with more olive oil so the rice does not stick to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes and then add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes using a large spatula to stir every few minutes so the rice does not burn.
At this point, crack the three eggs over the rice and using the spatula, mix well to combine into the rice.
If you need to drizzle more olive oil so nothing sticks, you can do so. The rice and all the ingredients should be making a “crackling” or “sizzling” sound which means it is frying in the oil. The rice should be getting brown and crispy at this point which is good.
When you believe the rice is at a crispy consistency and the vegetables are cooked, the dish is done. For us, this is a complete meal, but you could always serve it alongside a main protein.