Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spam Fried Rice

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If you know someone from Hawaii, you know that there is always a can of spam in their pantry. And if they are truly rooted from Hawaii they will have an 8 pack from costco. Spam is the King in Hawaii. Everyone eats it with pleasure and proudly shares with others when they ate it last and how it was served. Describing their experience with great enthusiasm while rubbing their tummy’s to emphasize their satisfaction.

Then you move to the mainland and realize that you have to pack away your SPAM t-shirt because it’s embarrassing to admit your passion for this so called meat product. And quickly become a closet spam eater and continue to enjoy the flavor of your roots in the privacy of your own home.

One of my family’s all time favorite ways to eat spam is in fried rice. I make it about once a week and if there’s any leftovers that make it to the fridge they will surely be gone by the end of the day.

When making fried rice it is a feel more than a recipe. Cold from the refrigerator or room temperature rice works work’s best. I always drizzle the rice with soy sauce to coat but not soak, sprinkle a couple of heavy pinches of kosher salt and add a pinch of pepper before I add it to the wok. I also precook the eggs so there are actual pieces throughout the rice and quickly cook the green onions to soften the flavor. Below is a list of standby items that I always put in mine.

SPAM FRIED RICE
2 large eggs, scrambled (seasoned with salt & pepper)
2 – 3 cups cooked rice (seasoned with soy sauce, salt & pepper)
To taste salt & pepper
To taste soy sauce
3 slices bacon, sliced thin (optional)
4 slices spam, diced
1- 2 slices onion, chopped
3 sprigs green onion, chopped
½ - 1 cup frozen peas (you don’t need to defrost them)

1. Heat a non stick wok on med-hi. Add a little oil and cook the scrambled eggs to a med-soft then put them back in the bowl and set aside.
2. In the same wok, brown the bacon, drain the oil then add the spam and cook for about 2 min.
3. Add the onions and cook until soft. Then add the green onions and stir into the mix.
4. Add the seasoned rice and toss to mix.
5. Add the peas and eggs and toss to mix. Cook for another minute or two to heat the peas and finish cooking the eggs.

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