• Seinfeld Series #1…”She named name.”

     I love Seinfeld.  I think most situations in life can be related back to at least one Seinfeld episode.  It’s mildly frustrating when something happens in life and I say, “This is just like the one where Elaine remembers ‘Next Stop Pottersville’ on the radio quiz and Mr. Pitt gets to hold the Woody Woodpecker balloon…” and no one knows what you’re talking about and looks at you blankly.  I loved Seinfeld so much that when a new episode was playing on that wonderful Thursday night, I would request the night off from my greasy, humbling job at Godfather’s Pizza in high school….although any reason was good enough to stay away from there.

    So here is my little dedication to one of the greatest sitcoms ever…a series of recipes that Seinfeld lovers will recognize.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy revisiting our old friends from New York.

    The first reference comes from one of my favorite episodes, “The Race.” Although my favorite line is, “I choose not to run!” this dish is related to the other story in that episode.  Elaine is reluctant to order dinner from Hop Sing’s after her fight with the delivery man, but her Communist boyfriend, Ned, insists, as his father spent much of his time at the restaurant after being blacklisted.  Elaine places her Chinese food order under Ned’s name, but the delivery man uncovers her ruse and blacklists Ned from the restaurant, too.

    My good friend, Wei-Ping, who moved to the United States in her 20’s, taught me how to make this standard Chinese take out dish.  I can guarantee it’s better than Hop Sing’s.

    Fried Rice 

    Ingredients:

    • 3 links Chinese-style sausage
    • 1 carrot, diced
    • 1 small or 1/2 large onion, diced
    • 2 beaten eggs
    • 1 package firm tofu, cubed (can substitute shrimp, chicken or other protein)
    • 1 cup peas (frozen) (edamame is tasty substitute)
    • Approximately 4 or 5 cups of cooked, cold rice (no instant rice, please)
    • Splash of soy sauce
    • Few pinches of salt
    • Olive or coconut oil, as needed

    Directions:

    1. Heat saute pan. Keep empty mixing bowl nearby.  Thinly slice sausage and saute until cooked and slightly browned.  Chop veggies while waiting for sausage to cook, but remember to stir occasionally.  Scoop sausage into mixing bowl while keeping sausage grease in pan.
    2. Add onions and carrots to pan.  Saute until tender.  Remove from pan to mixing bowl.  Add frozen peas to mixing bowl.  The heat from the other bowl ingredients will warm it through enough.
    3. If you need a little oil, add to pan. Add beaten eggs and stir to make scrambled eggs.  Remove from pan and add to bowl.
    4. Add a little more oil and tofu.  I prefer to saute tofu in coconut oil.  It just tastes better.  When browned, add to bowl.
    5. Add a little oil if needed.  Grab cold rice by the handful and crumble into pan.  Stir until big clumps disappear.
    6. Empty bowl contents into pan with rice and stir well.  Add a quick splash of soy sauce and/or sprinklings of salt. Be sure to taste as you add.  Combine well and serve.

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  1. Meghan says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was FABULOUS!!! Instead of sausage, I used field roast sausage. I also used brown rice instead of white rice. I also cooked the tofu in the oven for 20 min instead of on the stove. I cut it into third length wise and sprinkle salt, pepper and nutitional yeast on it. And I used coconut oil! My boys; 2 yrs, 3.5 yrs and 37 yrs old loved it and had thirds =).

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