2014 is fast approaching and with the coming of the new year, there are always resolutions to eat better and be healthier. I’m all for healthy eating and living, but there’s still time to indulge my friends! And nothing is more indulgent than this spam fried rice.
When you think about it, it’s a balanced meal in a bowl: grains, protein, fruit, deliciousness. What more could you want? I know what you’re thinking: spam is gross. But really, it isn’t! Spam is actually delicious – you just have to know how to prepare it.
First off, never ever eat spam straight out of the can. That actually is gross. But once you add a bit of heat and love, that slimy pink meat stuff turns into crispy bits of of salty, meaty deliciousness. Just remember, low and slow means yum and done.
Also remember, the key to good fried rice is old, cold rice. I know you might not have any rice in the fridge and after seeing these photos, you want fried rice, like, now, but trust me, you need old rice. Unfortunately, if you make a batch of fresh rice and try to fry it up you’ll end up with a soggy mess. If you absolutely cannot wait until tomorrow, at least spread your hot rice out on a baking sheet and cool it off in the fridge. Hopefully it’ll dry out a bit and fry up just as nice.
Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, do you have any? Mine: post more regularly. And maybe I’ll throw in some more vegetable eating too. Happy New Year Friends! I hope 2014 brings you everything your heart desires and lots and lots of delicious food.
Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe
- 1 can of spam, diced (I prefer the low sodium kind)
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 onion, diced
- 3-4 cups cold cooked rice, preferably day-old
- 1 small pineapple, diced (you can used canned, be sure to drain well)
- 1/2 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 cup)
- salt and pepper
- sriracha, if desired
Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the spam cubes and cook over medium to medium-low heat until crispy and deeply browned. Remove and set aside.
Add a bit of oil and turn the heat up to high and scramble your eggs until mostly set, but still slightly runny. The eggs will cook a bit more when you fry all the ingredients together. Remove and set aside. (Removing and setting aside is a common refrain when cooking fried rice.)
If the skillet is dry, add a bit more oil and then add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the rice and fry, stirring occasionally until the rice is heated through.
Add cooked spam, eggs, onion, pineapple and green onions back into the skillet and fry and mix until everything is evenly distributed. Taste, season with salt and pepper and enjoy hot with sriracha, if desired.