Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Actually About Leftovers for Once
I'm sure the complicated recipes I've seen in demanding cookbooks and overwrought food magazines are more subtle, and more authentic, but I cannot be bothered with cook this, remove from pan. Wipe out pan, add something else. Set aside. The point of leftovers is that they should be easy to prepare and pique the turkey-bored eater. Fried rice is the answer to both. (It also reminds me of a time when my family--and every other family in the neighborhood--ordered "Chinks." We knew no better.)
I'm not going to give amounts here; this is all about what you have to hand. In fact, you will probably notice that the version in the pictures is made with ham, not turkey.
Assemble your vegetables: I had frozen peas, frozen bell pepper strips (which I had never heard of until I read about them in a Bittman column), scallions, onion. You will be adding chopped turkey--dark meat, I hope? Also prepped and ready to go: coarsely grated ginger, minced garlic, neutral oil, a beaten egg, soy sauce, cilantro, and one more ingredient that I will reveal at the very end.
Pour some oil into the pan over medium-high heat, let it get well heated, add veg. Stir around a bit until they are thawed and a bit limpish, two or three minutes. Add the turkey. Push everything to one side, add a bit more oil, and toss in the ginger and garlic. As you can see, you needn't be obsessively neat about this. Stir the two until they are aromatic, about thirty seconds. Add the rice to the entire pan, stirring until it is coated with oil (add yet more if necessary) and nicely hot.
Turn off the heat, and make a little hollow in the middle of the rice. Pour in the beaten egg. Stir madly to distribute.
Add soy. Doesn't look right, does it? A bit pallid, perhaps? Even beige? The first time I made fried rice, I added so much soy to render it the "right" color that it was inedibly salty. Now, I do what some Chinese restaurants do: I add a little bit of Gravy Master. (Nearly typed Gravy Train there, not a good idea.) Toss until color is even, add cilantro, if you'd like, and serve. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all, some fried rice!
Posted by Barbara L. Hanson at 4:24 PM
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