Seriously? Spam?

rice1Ok – who has never had Spam in their lifetime?  Being a product of two survivors of the Great Depression and WWII vets, I was very familiar with Spam.  Sliced relatively thin, but not too thin, it was fried up and served as an accompaniment to our breakfast eggs instead of bacon.  It also made a quick sammich on those too busy to cook, got 6 loads of hay to put up days.   Today, it is my secret ingredient to fried rice.  I learned from a good friend during my USAF days in Nebraska, how it really makes a difference in the dish.  Over the holiday season, we made the mistake of taking our daughter to Benihanas.  She’s now hooked on the rice.  I have to admit that their rice is uber-delicious and lately, I’ve been on a quest to replicate it.    Not exactly like Benihanas’ rice, but pretty darn good…

Amy’s Fried Rice

1 can of Lite Spam, diced into small cubes*

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 medium carrots, finely diced

¼ sweet bell pepper, finely diced

2 green onions finely chopped

3 cups cooked and cooled Brown Minute Rice (or leftover regular white rice)

½ stick of butter

2 tbsp. Soy sauce

1-2 cloves of garlic finely minced.

Toasted Sesame seeds

Canola or vegetable oil to sauté with

Place butter, soy sauce and garlic in a microwave safe dish and microwave until butter melts and set aside.

In a large sauté pan, fry Spam to a golden brown.  Remove and drain on paper towels.

Add a little canola oil to pan and fry onion until golden and then add in sweet bell peppers and carrots.  Sauté until they just soften.  Add Spam back and heat thru.  Add rice and fry to also heat thru.  Pour in butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Fry for a minute or so continually mixing.  Mix in green onions, sprinkle with Sesame seeds and serve!

*I also made this with chicken.  I marinated two diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a soy sauce/sugar mixture for about 20 minutes.  Then sautéed until cooked through.  Removed from pan and then added back at the end.  This was really good too!  Feel free to add other stuff you might like, scrambled egg, diced water chestnuts, sliced mushrooms, etc.


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