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Dinner Tonight – Fried Rice and Bacon

It's a Sunday fry-up with this takeout-style dish.

Chinese takeout is delicious, but it can be expensive and I usually feel pretty awful after eating it. However, this fried rice is delicious and has a Chinese takeout flavor to it – without the guilt.

Just keep in mind the following suggestions:

  • Definitely use 5 cups of COOKED rice, not uncooked rice. Of course, you can use 5 cups of uncooked rice if you're feeding a small army.
  • Don’t overcook the rice or it'll be one mushy mess when you're trying to mix everything together.

Also, I found it a lot easier to scramble the eggs in a separate frying pan and mix the already scrambled eggs into the mixture as opposed to trying to do it in the mix. Maybe my pans just aren’t big enough.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, julienned
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1/2 head broccoli, florets and stalks cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 5 cups cooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Place a wok or large skillet over high heat. 
  2. Add the vegetable oil and bacon and stir-fry until golden and crisp (about 2 minutes).
  3. Sprinkle the sugar over the bacon and toss. 
  4. Add 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce (watch out – it will bubble up) and continue to stir-fry until the bacon is glazed (about 30 seconds).
  5. Transfer the bacon to a bowl with a slotted spoon. (Do not line bowl with paper towels.)
  6. Add the garlic and ginger to the drippings in the pan and stir-fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  7. Add the broccoli and cook until crisp (2 to 3 minutes). 
  8. Add the rice, the remaining 2 teaspoons soy sauce, the broth and glazed bacon. 
  9. Toss to heat through.
  10. Push the fried rice to one side of the pan, crack the eggs into the other side and scramble until set (about 1 minute).
  11. Mix the eggs into the rice.

I can also see this being delicious with chicken added. Just dice up some chicken, fry it in a pan over medium-high heat with about a tablespoon of oil. Add the chicken with the rice just before you add the scrambled eggs.

You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at the following local supermarkets:

If you are looking for ingredients for this dish, you can find them at these local supermarkets:

  • Genuardi's, 25 W. Germantown Pike or 1930 W. Main Street.
  • 55 E. Germantown Pike.

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