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March 15, 2013

BACON EGG AND SWEET SAUSAGE FRIED RICE

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Fried rice with bacon, egg, and sweet Chinese sausage. So much better than takeout!

Bacon Egg and Sweet Sausage Fried Rice, an oval white bowl, red printed cloth surface.
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As you can see by the name, this is going to be an indulgent meal for the health conscious.Some things are not worth the calories and fat, but others are, like this fried rice. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and follow where your taste buds lead you. And where bacon leads, I faithfully follow!


I’m not saying that you should eat this every week or every month, but once in a while, it is a nice splurge. Worry about counteracting the side effects later—go for a nice long walk, eat one more light meal during the week, or exercise it off with that how-to dance video you found, foolishly thinking that it would unearth the rhythm that is forever buried deep down inside you.  

Sorry, I digressed.

One ingredient that might be unfamiliar to some of you is fish sauce. Look for it in the Asian aisle in the grocery store. If you have never used it, be warned that it has a pungent smell, but don’t let that scare you. Combined with other ingredients, it makes a terrific marinade, sauce, or dipping sauce. It is essential to giving this fried rice its flavor. Trust me, it will not give your dish a fishy taste.

This is the brand I happen to have, but any will do.

Another item that  might be new to some of you is the Chinese style sausage (also known as Lap Cheong). It is firm and slightly sweet. There are different brands, but what they have in common is sweetness (of varying degrees). Unfortunately, it is not an item that is universally available, but can be found in Asian markets as well as online.  


This is the sausage brand that is available at my local Asian
market, but any other brand with pork will be just as good.

The sausage adds a distinctive dimension to the fried rice. Its sweetness balances out the saltiness of the bacon and fish sauce. I don’t recommend omitting this ingredient, but if you are unable to get it, don’t worry. Just make yourself a Bacon and Egg Fried Rice.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the rice is also seasoned with bacon fat? Yum! Remember, follow the bacon and all is well!




BACON EGG AND SWEET SAUSAGE FRIED RICE



INGRDIENTS:

3 eggs
2 tbsp. water
4 tsp. oil
8 bacon strips
2 tbsp. fish sauce
3/4 cup (about 4 oz.) sweet Chinese sausage, sliced 1/8" thick and halved
1 cup chopped onion 
1 cup frozen corn
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced ginger
1/2 cup chopped scallion (green tops only)
2 cups bean sprouts
6 cups cooked rice, cold
1/2 scant tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper



INSTRUCTIONS:

Beat eggs and 2 tbsp. water. Add 2 tsp. of oil to a preheated large skillet on medium heat. Add egg mixture and cook until the bottom is set. Turn over and cook for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove from pan. Place on a cutting surface and cut into small pieces. Set aside.

Using the same pan, on medium high heat, add 2 tsp. oil. Cook bacon on both sides until brown and crisp. Remove from skillet and place on paper towels. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Drain fat from skillet into a small bowl, keeping about 1 tbsp. in pan. Reserve the drained fat.  

Combine fish sauce and 2 tbsp. of reserved bacon fat in a small bowl. Set aside.

Reduce heat to medium/medium low. Add Chinese sausage. Cook for 2 minutes. Add onion, corn, garlic, ginger, scallion, and bean sprouts. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add rice, breaking up lumps. Drizzle fish sauce and bacon fat mixture over rice. Add salt and pepper. Stir till well combined. Cook until rice is hot. Stir in bacon and eggs and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.


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2 comments:

  1. This is one fried rice dish that looks like it has fantastic flavor. Just pinned it.

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