May 9, 2011

Martha Stewart Everyday Food Pork Fried Rice

Living in a college town, our area has an abundance of Chinese restaurants. I have tried my fair share and have been mostly disappointed. Thinking I could make better Chinese food from scratch I have tried numerous recipes with mixed results. Fried rice is one of the recipes that I haven't been able to find that doesn't taste like a bad replica of a good dish. Recently, an issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food had a recipe for pork fried rice, that looked promising.

All of the ingredients in this recipe are simple; I was able to buy everything easily at my local grocery store. The prep time is slightly longer than the suggested 15 minutes if, like me, you forgot to make the cooked rice ahead of time, adding an additional 20 minutes to the overall time spent. Additionally, I grind my own pork with a KitchenAid attachment, and forgot to do it ahead of time so it took me another 5 minutes or so to prep the meat. I think my overall prep and cooking time ended up being closer to 45 minutes total. The cooking portion of this recipe is very easy, I was able to complete it with no problems while my four-year-old anxiously awaited dinner.

This dish was a big hit with everyone in my family. My husband and I were pleased to finally find a pork fried rice recipe that actually tastes like it wasn't the result of some wild-hair guesses about ingredient amounts and my four-year-old ate his serving and then tried to steal his younger brothers portion. I liked that, with the soy sauce, my dish didn't end up being under-salted (a problem I'm working on). This is definitely a dish that will be added to my list for future use.

For the recipe go to Everyday Food Pork Fried Rice Recipe.
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