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Hot Dog Fried Rice

Hot Dog Fried Rice

Hot Dog Fried Rice

Hot Dog Fried Rice might seem like quite an original idea at first, but you needn’t search for long to find recipes. Our son, Chris Mathieu, a food industry professional in Portland, Oregon and Food Sharing Network founding contributor, introduced me to this dish the day after a party left us with more leftovers than energy to cook.

It’s important that you only use ingredients that you already have in the house, said Chris, who provided this recipe. That’s what makes it easy and, if you bring in food that you like, enjoyable. Secondly, use ingredients that are good on their own, especially the hot dogs. Just as you shouldn’t cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink, don’t use crummy franks, vegetables that you would never eat or over-cooked rice.

Think of Hot Dog Fried Rice as a dish filled with possibilities.

Hot Dog Fried Rice

The Basics:

  • Diced leftover hot dogs
  • Onions, scallions, peppers, cabbage and similar robust vegetables cut into bite size pieces
  • Cooked corn or other cooked vegetables. This is a great way to use up that leftover ear.
  • Day-old rice. It will be easier to use if it isn’t ice cold.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Optional (but delicious):

  • Crispy potatoes (see below)
  • 1 beaten egg

Prepare all the ingredients so you can add them quickly when it’s time. Don’t overdo it on quantity. You want things to cook in one layer with room between the pieces.

If you are using potatoes, dice one or two raw potatoes into very small pieces. Cover the bottom of the pan with oil. Cook them on a medium high heat until they are browned on one side and leave the bottom of the pan easily. A fish spatula, which is thin and flexible, is an excellent tool for this. Mine is a fairly new addition to my kitchen, but I use it often.

Toss the ingredients as little as possible!!! Salt the potatoes to taste when almost done. Cook the raw vegetables at the same time in the same fashion—just enough to get them tender and browned and release most of the liquid. Add enough oil along the way as the bottom of the pan dries out. Taste things when they are almost done, only adding salt if needed.

Brown the diced hot dogs. Add any leftover cooked vegetables to heat and then the sautéed vegetables. Toss in rice as gently as possible and sauté just until colored and hot.

You are going to cook the egg with everything else. Clear the center of the pan by pushing everything off to the sides. Use medium high heat. Add a dash of oil to the clear portion of the pan, and then drop in an egg that you’ve beaten with a fork. Work quickly to keep the egg from spilling off to the sides before it cooks, scrambling and containing it simultaneously with a spatula. When the egg is almost cooked, toss all of the ingredients very gently until everything is evenly hot. Sprinkle with chopped raw scallions, if available, and serve. Avoid reheating.

Serve with the leftover wine and beer from the party and, if you’re fortunate enough to have some in the house, Sriracha or other tangy hot sauce.

Do you have a favorite recipe or meal made from leftovers? We hope you will share it by commenting.

One Response to “Hot Dog Fried Rice”

  1. your favorite client says:

    Who woulda thought of this other than a food industry professional? Sure beats hot dog on a bun!

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