Thursday, November 14, 2019

Skillet Fried Rice and Italian Sausage recipe from #Essie Lang, author

It was a check-the-fridge and see what's for dinner kind of night, fresh snow on the ground, bone-chilling temperatures, so no real desire to go out and stock up on ingredients. Fortunately, I had recently read in another one of my online digests about a fried rice, sausage and dish made in one skillet. And, even more fortunately, I had what I needed for my version.

I pulled out the Basmati rice, unwrapped the frozen Hot Italian sausage, rescued the one lone mushroom from my fridge, and found packages of fresh cilantro and dill, along with cloves of garlic. This would do just fine, especially when I also had some eggs.

I didn't spice this up too much because of the sausage but that would be something to consider if using a milder one. Also, I remembered it called for Soy sauce but I used my trusty Tamari (gluten-free) and also threw in some saffron that really needed to be used up.

Broccoli would have made a nice, green side dish but I decided instead to dish out the meal on a large Boston lettuce leaf.

And there you have it, a quick and easy, tasty full meal that's made in one skillet, with lots of opportunities to jazz it up depending on what sauces or spices you would choose.

What I used:

White rice, cooked according to package instructions
1 Hot Italian sausage
1 mushroom
1 clove garlic
1 shallot
sprigs of fresh cilantro
fresh dill
pinch of light brown sugar
pink of salt
olive oil for cooking
dash of Tamari sauce
3 eggs, beaten

What to do:

1. Prepare rice according to package instructions. When ready, add chopped cilantro, dill and saffron.

2. Slice sausage into 1/4 inch rounds and saute in hot olive oil, leaving for 3-4 minutes. Add diced mushroom, sliced shallot, and sliced garlic. Stir and continue to saute for another 3 minutes.

3. Divide mixture in two and push to each side of skillet, leaving a clear pathway in center of skillet. Pour the eggs into that space and let sit around 2 minutes. (I decided to cover the pan to help it along). After that, gently swirl the eggs until you've scrambled them all, then mix into the rice and sausage.

4. Serve and enjoy.

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  2. This sounds quite tasty.
    How much saffron did you use? Why did you add it towards the end rather than in with the rice while it cooked?

    1. Hi Libby - I used about 1/4 tsp but didn't add it while the rice was cooking because I was undecided at that point if I would use it or not. :) I was concerned it was past it's best before date but then thought, why not?