Whenever I cook a ham, I dice up the leftover meat, and freeze it in individual bags. That way, I’m prepared for all kinds of eventualities. Yesterday, was one of those. It was time to cook dinner, but I had no idea what to fix. Hmmmm ….
Frozen, diced ham to the rescue! Since I usually have all the other ingredients for this recipe on hand, it’s a great solution. I went from no dinner plan to yummy food in less than an hour, … and I was wondering why I don’t cook it more often.
Here’s my pitch for fried rice: It’s quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham or rice. It’s versatile; you can easily substitute chicken, shrimp, steak, bacon, etc for the ham, or leave out meat. And last, but not least, everyone loves it. Give it a try!
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 pound (2 cups) ham, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2-3 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 green onion, sliced (optional)
- Prepare 1 cup rice according to directions to make 3 cups cooked rice.
- Lightly beat eggs; set aside.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, sauté ham and onion in sesame oil. Cook until onions begin to wilt (3-5 minutes). Add carrots, and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add garlic, if using, and stir for one minute, more. Add peas, and stir to combine. Then push mixture to one side of the pan, and add the eggs to the other side. Stir to scramble.
- Add cooked rice and season with soy sauce to taste.
- Serve garnished with green onions, if desired.