Usually you will associate fried rice with a wok. We have all seen the pictures of a kitchen in a Chinese restaurant, with the cook using a heavy wok to quickly and expertly stir up and cook a batch of fried rice. However, electric griddles are great tools to use to make fried rice at home, and with a minimum of fuss. There are a few basic fried rice recipes that can be found online. Here is one with a few twists, including bacon, that we really like.
Special Fried Rice
3 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups raw long grain rice
4 slices bacon, chopped
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
8 ounces cooked pork, cut into thin strips
8 ounces prepared, cleaned shrimp, coarsely chopped
8 scallions, finely chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Prepare the rice as you normally would, using 3 1/2 cups water and salt. Refrigerate the rice for one hour after cooking. This helps the rice absorb flavors will frying, plus it will hold its shape better.
Cook bacon on the griddle over medium heat, stirring regularly until crisp. Drain bacon. Eliminate all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings from the electric griddle.
Pour 1/2 of the egg mix onto the griddle and cook until soft. Remove eggs from the griddle, roll up and cut into thin strips. Include 1/2 of the remaining egg mixture, pour onto the griddle and cook until eggs are set. Put aside in a bowl.
Add a little oil to the griddle and cook the scallions for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute, or until they turn white. Add the ginger root and cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the pork, rice and egg and mix well. As the pepper and soy sauce and stir well, keeping the mixture in motion on your griddle. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Makes 6 to 8 portions.
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