This fusion dish is a great way to use up some of that leftover Easter ham. Don’t have any? No worries you can buy one of those ham steaks from the meat market, or simply omit it, or exchange the protein. The combo is amazing though, sweet pineapple and smoky ham caramelized in butter and then folded into the salty goodness of fried rice. It’s delightful and it reheats well, so yeah… more leftovers, maybe!?! ha ha.
HAM & PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE
Serves 4 or 6-8 side dish servings
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups ham, diced
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onions, diced
- 1/2 cup carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
1/4 cup scallions, diced
I didn’t have any, but we always add them
- 5 Tablespoons light soy sauce, or more to taste
- 1/2 Tablespoon fish sauce
this ingredient will take your homemade fried rice
to the next level, along with the sesame oil…
- 1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
- salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Prepare rice as directed and in a small pan (or your wok/large skillet) scramble eggs or fry with broken yolk; set both aside.
In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high to high heat, add 2 Tablespoons of butter, ham, pineapple, and onions. Stir occasionally and fry in butter until meat and pineapple begin to caramelize and onions start to become translucent, about 6 minutes. (if you are using large pieces of carrot add them to this mix earlier. I like small firmer bits of carrot so I add mine later.)
Add carrots and continue cooking for about 2 minutes (I would add scallions here if I had them… at least 1/4 cup sliced thin) and then reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic and ginger. While stirring continue to cook for 1 minute – the garlic and ginger will become very aromatic. Now add rice, soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil; fold mixture together until it is all evenly coated. Taste and add more soy sauce if desired and then add a touch of salt & pepper, if you like – I do… about 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Last fold in peas and cooked eggs; cooking for only 1 minute longer – we just want to warm these ingredients not cook them. Serve immediately while it’s warm!
I garnished mine with julienned red pepper and jalapeño, but scallions, toasted sesame seeds or even some fresh herbs would be nice!
Here’s to a reprieve from leftover ham sandwiches,