Wednesday, May 20

Bacon, Egg, & Spring Veggie Fried Rice

Use up leftover rice in this quick and easy one-pot meal

Spring Vegetable, Bacon, and Egg Fried Rice

I shared my go-to fried rice recipe as one of my first posts on this blog and still make it often, sometimes tweaking it based on whatever leftovers I have around the house. This version comes from a recipe I saw in Food52 and includes a medley of vegetables, lots of egg, and - most importantly - bacon. The salty bits of pork with the soft scrambled egg and fresh vegetables are a delicious combination, but it's the addition of one non-traditional ingredient, honey, that really sets it over the top. The honey adds a touch of sweetness that helps to enhance the savory flavors of the dish, but it also sticks the rice to the pot to form some nice caramelized bites. I use brown rice because I figure it's an easy way to make the dish a little healthier, but any leftover rice will do. This holds up well in the fridge for a day or two and can be reheated for leftovers.

Note: As with any stir-fry, the cooking time goes by fast and it's essential to have all your ingredients prepped before you turn on the stove.

More Fried Rice Recipes:
- Chicken & Broccoli Fried Rice
- Fried Brown Rice with Broccoli & Egg
- Chicken & Mushroom Fried Rice

Bacon, Egg, & Spring Veggie Fried Rice:
- 4 c. cooked brown rice
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 slices of thick-cut bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 2 c. baby kale, spinach, or other sturdy green
- 1 c. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 3/4 c. peas, fresh or defrosted
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. canola oil
- 1 tbsp. ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp. honey

  • Add the bacon to a wok or large skillet over high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until browned. Transfer bacon to plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat in the pan.
  • Add in the beaten eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, for a minute or two, until lightly scrambled. Do not overcook.
  • Scrape the egg on to a plate and return the wok to the heat. 
  • Add in the canola oil and onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened, then add in garlic and ginger.
  • Cook for a minute, then add in the mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  • Add in the kale and cook for 30 seconds, or until wilted.
  • Add in the rice, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil and toss together, making sure to break up any big clumps of rice.
  • Add in the peas and cook for another minute, then add in the bacon and egg.
  • Drizzle with honey and check for seasoning.

Serves four