Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1/15/13 ChefElla's Teriyaki Fried Rice

My Grandmother likes to come visit as often as she can.  When I was little we always went to the restaurants that I liked.  But as I got older my Grandmother wanted me to try more of the foods that she likes.  I did not always like the food we tried, but I tried everything.  One night my Grandmother took me to a Japanese restaurant, it was so much fun because the chefs cooked right in front of you on a grill at the table.  This is called teppan-yaki or hibachi style cooking.  The chef put on a show cutting the ingredients, mixing the food, and making funny noises.  For dinner I had teriyaki chicken, vegetables, and fried rice.  I can't wait until my Grandmother comes for another visit, but until then, I can make my own special fried rice recipe for dinner.
For this recipe you will need to use the stove and a knife.  If you are not allowed to use the stove or a knife by yourself you can have a grown up help.

1.  Wash your hands.
2.  For this recipe you will need a cutting board, a knife, measuring cups and spoons, a small cup, a
    heat proof spatula and a large sauté pan.

Ingredients: (This recipe will make 4-6 servings)
4 Cups      Brown Jasmine Rice, Cooked
                 -The rice needs to be cooked the night before and cooled in the refrigerator overnight
                 uncovered.  If you cannot find brown jasmine rice you can use, brown basmati or other long
                 grain brown rice.
1/2 Cup    Carrot, Small Diced
                 -The carrot should be cut to about the same size as your peas.
1/3 Cup    Peas
1/3 Cup    Red Onion, Small Diced
2              Eggs
3 Tbl.        Canola or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp.       Kosher or Sea Salt
1/2 tsp.    Black Pepper
3 Tbl.        Soy Sauce
2 Tbl.       Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade

3.  Heat your sauté pan on medium high heat on the stove.
4.  When your pan is hot add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan.  
5.  Crack your eggs into a small cup.  Pour unbeaten eggs into the sauté pan.  Mix the eggs in the hot
     oil with your heat proof spatula.  As the eggs cook there will be white and yellow pieces of egg in
     your pan.
6.  When the eggs are cooked (the liquid is gone).  Add the remaining oil and vegetables to the pan.
7.  Mix the vegetables well and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Continue to stir the ingredients frequently so
     they do not burn.
8.  Add the rice and mix well with all of the other ingredients.
9.  Let the rice sit on the heat for 1 minute and then stir.  Continue to do this for 4-5 minutes.
10.  The rice will begin to brown.  Add the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.
11.  Mix the rice until all of the sauce coats the rice.  Continue to cook the rice for 2-3 minutes stirring
       occasionally.  The rice should be dry, but look shiny when it is done.
Put your fried rice in a bowl and serve with dinner.

*If you want you can add as many other ingredients or vegetables to your rice as you like:
  water chestnuts, corn, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli or what ever other vegetables
  you like in your fried rice.
*To make your fried rice a meal you can add 1 pound of cooked chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu.



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