A quick and easy way to jazz up some plain boiled rice, is to turn it into Fried Rice. It’s remarkably tasty — great for a quick lunchtime snack or a supper dish to share with friends.
You’ll need some Proper Rice, and you’ll also see that the Glitch recipe calls for some ‘meat’. As you most likely know, all meat in Glitch comes from nibbling piggies, and gets used in a wide variety of recipes. Over in the real world, we have access to a much wider variety of meat sources, and so we needn’t limit ourselves just to piggy-based items. In each of the recipes, I’ll suggest the types of meat that I think fit the recipe best.
In Fried Rice, some chopped, cooked chorizo or other spicy sausage works extremely well. Alternatively, some small cubes of pancetta or streaky bacon, fried until crisp, would be a good addition.
So, on to the recipe.
Ingredients (Serves 1):
- 1 tbsp groundnut or sunflower oil
- 1 portion Proper Rice, cooled
- 100g cooking chorizo (or pancetta, or streaky bacon)
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
Cook the chorizo in a frying pan or in the oven and chop it into cubes. Alternatively, if using pancetta or bacon, chop first into small cubes and then fry gently in a pan until they start to go slightly crisp on the edges.
Beat the egg in a small dish, together with the sesame oil. Don’t overdo the sesame oil — it has a very strong flavour, you don’t need much.
Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the oil. When hot, add the rice and stir-fry for three or four minutes. Be sure to keep stirring all the time, or the rice will stick to the pan — keep it moving all the time.
Next, add the chorizo or pancetta, and stir fry for another two or three minutes. Add a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. A pinch of salt might not go amiss at this point, but if you’re using a salted meat such as pancetta or bacon, you probably won’t need to add any extra.
Pour in the beaten egg mixture and keep on stirring until it’s well mixed in. Stir-fry for another couple of minutes until the egg has fully set.
And that’s it, you’re done! Empty the mixture into a bowl, and tuck in.
Fried Rice is a delicious meal in its own right, but you could also serve it as an accompaniment as part of a larger meal if you wish. You can also experiment a little and try different ingredients — peas and sweetcorn work well, and some chopped, fried onion wouldn’t go amiss. Red peppers and chillies can add a bit of bite. Have a rummage through the leftovers in your fridge, I’m sure you’ll find some interesting additions.