after making + writing about so many healthy tomato-related recipes lately, i was ready the other night for some serious meaty comfort food. i don’t know about you, but when i think meat + comfort food, the first thing that pops to mind is BACON! i had bookmarked a few bacon fried rice recipes + decided that if ever was there a time to try out those recipes, the time was now.
sweet heavenly moses, did this hit the spot. the savory onions + garlic work perfectly with the salty bacon + soy sauce, while the peas + ginger add some lovely bright notes. i literally could not stop eating this, having it for dinner one night, breakfast the next morning + a late-night snack the following day. it reheats nicely (always a plus!) + pairs well with grilled chicken or fish (or your morning coffee). definitely put this one on your to-make list — you’ll be happy you did!
bacon fried rice
makes 4-6 servings, adapted from love and olive oil
3 cups leftover white rice (i used jasmine rice)
4 slices bacon, diced
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce, to taste
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
cook bacon over medium high heat in large skillet until browned. drain all but two tablespoons of fat from pan + add onion, scallion. cook until softened, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic + cook for 1 minute more. add frozen peas + cook for another 2-3 minutes. transfer mixture into a bowl.
in the same skillet, lower heat to medium, add eggs + scramble. add eggs to the bowl with the bacon mixture. wipe out any residue from skillet + add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. turn heat to medium high. when oil is hot but not smoking, add cooked rice in an even layer in the pan. let rice sit, stirring occasionally, to allow it get brown + somewhat crispy. stir in bacon/onion mixture, egg, + soy sauce. remove skillet from heat + serve immediately.