Friday, July 30, 2010

The Squirrel Can Cook - Hot Pepper Fried Rice

I admit it, I'm a tad on the heavy side. As a result, I've been trying to eat a bit more on the healthy end of the food spectrum. And so, I've been eating more rice. I've always liked rice, so this is not a hardship for me. And there are so many ways to make rice taste good...

Fried rice has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. It is a versatile base for many meals, and it makes a tasty side dish all by itself. Fried rice has a crunchy-nutty-toasty flavor that is just hard to beat.

Our ingredients are:

1 cup of uncooked rice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
2 cups of cold water

Place your cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, and the olive oil and the red pepper flakes. Cook the red pepper flakes for one to two minutes, allowing the “heat” of the peppers to infuse the oil.

Add the uncooked rice to the skillet and stir until the rice is coated with the oil. Continue to slowly stir the rice until it reaches a nice, toasty-brown color.

Transfer the contents of the skillet to a sauce pan and combine with 2 cups of cold water and the tablespoon of sesame oil. Stir well, and bring to a boil over med-high heat. When it reaches a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.

Fluff and serve. Makes 3 cups of cooked rice; serves two. Enjoy!

The Squirrel shall not live by bread NUTS alone!

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