Last week I had a master plan to make a perfect dinner consisting of a beautifully roasted pork tenderloin, veggies, bruschetta and of course, vino. I’ve made this meal 50 times….no big deal – right? The pork was in the oven, the baguette was perfectly sliced, veggies were ready, the dog was fed and I was just laying Ava down to bed. And then it happened…LIFE! You know, the phone rang nonstop, the badoop alert of a text message, the roast took longer than the veggies, the dog whimpered at the door to go out, Ava wouldn’t sleep….yea, life, the good, the bad, the noisy. By the end of the night we were eating cold pork with crusty bread. So the next night I refused to eat the same old leftovers, and I was determined to transform the flavor into something that wouldn’t remind us of all the chaos from the previous evening’s meal.
I broke out the wok, brown rice and eggs. Yep, fried rice using leftover pork…and let me tell you…it was delicious!!! And best of all is that Ava, 14 months old now, really enjoyed this meal!
Pork Fried Rice
- 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Butter
- 1 cup Brown Rice
- 2 1/4 cups Water
- 2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
- 2-3 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- 1/2 tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced
- 2 Small Carrots, diced
- 1 cup Frozen Peas
- 3 Green Onions, diced
- 2 cups-ish Leftover cooked Pork, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp Soy Sauce
In a medium saucepan heat the oil or butter and toast the rice for just a moment…like 28 seconds. Add the water, bring to a simmer reduce the heat to low and cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 45 minutes. Allow to cool and refrigerate – I made this during Ava’s nap and had it in the fridge ready to pop in the wok at dinner time.
Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok, once hot, add the eggs and cook until scrambled.
Move to a plate and set aside. Add another tablespoon or so of sesame oil to the wok, allow it to become warm then add the carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Next add the garlic and ginger cooking for just another minute. Stir in the peas…
Stir in rice, pork and eggs.
Once heated through, add soy sauce to taste and finish with the green onions.