Recipes: Beef Fried Rice

In my family, fried rice is traditionally a dish you prepare when you have lots of left-over bits that you don’t know what to do with. It’s a dish you prepare on the fly with minimal thought given to it. This particular fried rice dish, however, was entirely intentional right down to the rice prepared.

Beef fried rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 rice bowls of rice cooked in beef stock (Campbell’s Real Stock works just fine)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g of bean sprouts
  • 100g of baby spinach leaves
  • 100g of white mushrooms, sliced
  • 200g of beef, sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • dash pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • dash of red wine

Method:

  • In a bowl, add cooked rice with pepper, garlic, ginger and soy sauce. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Stir fry the beef and add red wine. Add bean sprouts, spinach and mushrooms. Drain the liquid.
  • Add a little more oil and add in the egg.
  • Once the egg is mostly cooked, stir in the rice. Cook a little longer until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

How did it turn out? Very well. Even DH couldn’t complain about this one…

Recipes: Fried Rice

Fried rice – this simple goodie will save you every time unless your children are Aristotle and Hercules, in which case, they won’t go near it with a ten-foot pole even though they’ve just been crying hungry for the past half hour while you frantically scramble to throw dinner together taking every short cut known to woman-kind. Fussy eaters aside, this is a terrific dish to serve up when you’ve got old rice and random ingredients that you don’t know what to do with.

Here’s how I like to do my fried rice (with hubby’s preferences in the brackets)…

Ingredients:

  • 2 bowls of rice cooked from the day before (or whatever you have in leftovers)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp concetrated chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 100g of frozen veggies – I like a mix of carrots, peas and corn because they give the fried rice some colour (if hubby is eating, it should be green beans, bean sprouts, or spinach)
  • 100g of chopped pork, chicken, beef (whatever’s your fancy)
  • 1 chinese sausage, diced (if hubby is eating, I omit this one)

Method:

  • Break up the rice clumps and mix in sesame oil, pepper, chicken stock and salt.
  • Cook the veggies and set aside.
  • Fry the garlic with the meat and set aside.
  • Pour beaten eggs into the wok and half cook.
  • Add in everything else – rice, vegetables, meat and seasoning.
  • Mix well over the heat.
  • Serve.

The end result looks sort of like this except instead of prawns, it should be pieces of meat. You can add in a few prawns if you fancy but you have to bear in mind that you will have to de-shell them and that takes up extra time and effort.