Pop Quiz from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen

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Here’s a pop quiz for all you hungry Babalusians . . .
What do you do with the leftovers the day after the Lechón Asado? (even if it’s just out of a crockpot =D)
3 generations of La Caja China pig roasters at Cuba Nostalgia
Okay. That was too easy.
So what do you do after you’ve had as much Pan con Lechón as you can stuff yourself with?
What happens when you have exhausted your basic lechón leftover options?
What do you do if you’re suddenly craving Chinese food?
Or Cuban food?
Or Cuban-Chinese food?
And you don’t live anywhere on the planet where Cuban-Chinese restaurants actually exist?
But you still have a whole bunch of leftover lechón?
And there also happens to be leftover rice?
That’s right.
Leftover lechón AND leftover rice?
(I’ll be grading this one on the curve) =D
Arroz Frito con Lechón

3 eggs
soy sauce
chicken broth
vegetable oil
¼ chopped onion
¼ chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup leftover lechón asado (roast pork)
¼ cup chopped green onions
¼ cup green peas (fresh, frozen or canned)
1) Scramble the eggs well, adding a little bit of soy sauce and a little bit of chicken broth. (should look a little “dirty”)
2) In a large frying pan, heat up enough oil to just barely coat the bottom & sides of the pan.
3) Wait until the oil is pretty hot and pour in the egg mixture until it coats the bottom of the pan. It’s not really pretty at all, but the soy sauce/chicken broth eggs are pretty tasty on their own. =D
Let them cook through and then flip them over once. Don’t worry if they don’t flip over evenly. Once the eggs are cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
4) Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onion and bell pepper over medium heat until the onion is translucent.
5) Turn down the heat and add the garlic. Continue cooking, but don’t let the garlic get toasty.
6) Add a bit more oil if necessary, then, add the rice. Fry the rice gently, stirring frequently, adding a bit of chicken broth for flavor.
7) Quickly slice up the scrambled eggs and add to the rice.
8) Add a bit more soy sauce and the diced lechón.
9) Gently fold in the green onions and peas until heated through.
10) Remove from heat, cover, and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
This recipe is easily multiplied – depending on how much you’ve got left over and how many people you plan on feeding. I apologize for the vagueness, but because it’s so simple, I never measure the ingredients in this recipe. I cook it “de oído.” =D

5 thoughts on “Pop Quiz from Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen”

  1. Yum, the great thing about arroz frito is that it’s a great way to make use of leftovers or whatever may be in the refrigerator: lechon, tocino, chicken, chorizo, ham, bok choy and other Chinese veggies, carrots, tortilla chips, corn, pineapple chunks, maduros, lichees, etc. It all works, and it’s all good.
    Arroz frito is a regular Saturday morning brunch at our house. Great with a hot cup of cafe con leche!

  2. It’s also really good made tortilla/omelet style, the fried rice mixture is great as filling. I like to olives,pimentos,cumin and oregano added.

  3. Another great recipe, Marta.
    Val, is it possible to list links to all of her recipes on the sidebar so we don’t have to search all over the site for them? That would be very helpful.

  4. Thanks, Louis.
    If you use the search box in the right nav and type in “Marta’s Cuban American Kitchen” all the recipes I’ve posted will show up there.

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