There is something to be said about browsing for new recipes. When you do, you find delicious, wonderful things like Bacon Fried Rice.
It’s time once again for Group A’s reveal for the Secret Recipe Club. This month, the blog I was assigned was Inquiring Chef. The blog is run by Jess who dubs herself an American that has been temporarily and happily displaced to Bangkok, Thailand. How cool is that? She’s actually originally from Kansas, which is pretty much next door to me here in Misssouri and she talked about Tornado’s and Sirens, and well, at any rate, we had one last week and I can completely relate.
Jess has numerous amazing recipes on her blog, making it difficult to choose just one to make. I found No Knead Pumpkin Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze, Cinnamon Walnut Povitica, Creamy Potato Salad with Lemon and Herbs, Thai Shrimp Salad, Bruschetta with White Beans, Roasted Garlic, and Rosemary, Lemongrass Basil Snack Mix, Roasted Shrimp with Feta and Tortellini, Basil, and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup. Do you see the dilemma I had?
But then it happened. Then I saw it. It was nestled between other recipes, but it caught my eye immediately.
My heart skipped a beat, my mouth starting watering and I couldn’t tear my eyes from her beautiful photograph of this wonderful creation. (btw… my photo does NOT do this dish justice – you need to go see the photo Jess took – it’s just gorgeous!)
It was all downhill (well, actually it was very uphill) from there. I had made my choice and I was making it no matter what.
In my house, a dish has to pass FIVE teenagers inspection. It has to sound appealing, smell appealing, look appealing and taste appealing. Once I chose the dish, I ran it by a few of them. I got an immediate thumbs up. Afterall, we all love fried rice here but we’ve never really traveled beyond chicken or beef fried rice.
Next it was the smell that brought several of them running into the kitchen several times. The bacon drifted through the house in waves and nobody could ignore it.
After all was said and done and the dish was ready to serve, it was time for a quick photo session. I had 5 teenagers standing around me offering help but mostly just hoping I’d hurry up so they could eat it. (Ahh… the life of a food blogger). Obviously it looked fantastic, and while I like my photo, it doesn’t do this meal justice.
The ultimate test is the taste test. Everyone grabbed a plate and sat down. I took one bite and was instantly in love with this dish. The flavor was so rich and obviously not for the faint of heart – this is certainly not a calorie pleasing dish, but oh goodness, the taste – the flavor that poured from each bite was filled with the delicious flavor of bacon. Even the bites that had no bacon. Goodness it was good.
I kept asking the kids, what do you think? And they would just nod, but they kept shoveling it in so fast they didn’t have time to use their mouth for anything except elicit a moan or two here and there.
The final rating from all 5 teens (and their mama)? 5 Stars. I mean, I’d give it like 10 stars if I could.
It really was a fun, flavorful dish. Not necessarily something I’d make often unless I was hoping to add 25lbs to my hips, but regardless, in moderation – it is a delicious dish that we will definitely be making again. Maybe next time as a side dish. Oh, and to make it all good, I served this with a spinach salad and grilled asparagus. Probably doesn’t all go together, but it worked and was perfect.
Thank you SO much Jess! We have found a wonderful new addition to our recipe box!
I made no changes to her original recipe, except that I had to double it and then make two batches (there are seven of us!). The recipe below is for 4 (four) servings.