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By Karin Calloway
Fried Rice with Pineapple
Fried rice is a Chinese takeout staple, but my Fried Rice with Pineapple is a Thai tradition that is sweet, spicy and loaded with fresh pineapple flavor. Using a whole fresh pineapple boosts both flavor and presentation. The pineapple is sliced in half, and then hollowed out to later be filled with the warm fried rice. Use a large chef’s knife to cut the pineapple in half, and then cut around the inside (about 1⁄2 inch from the rind) using a pairing knife. This makes it simple to scoop out the flesh of the pineapple with a metal spoon.
Fried rice is best when you use rice that was cooked a day or so ahead, but you also can make it with just-cooked rice if you’re short on planning time. You also can turn the dish into a delicious rice salad by omitting the steps of frying the rice and heating the vegetables. This is a nice, cool option when the weather is hot.
Heat oil in a large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add rice, fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar, and stir-fry until rice is heated through. Add pineapple mixture and stir-fry until hot. Taste, and add more soy sauce, if desired. Serve in the pineapple shells.
Makes 6 servings.