Food Network star Ree Drummond’s fried rice takes the classic takeout to an irresistible level.
Packed with flavor and texture, this variation of the pioneer woman the host on the popular dish can become a mainstay of your menu rotation. It is so good.
Drummond calls his fried rice a ‘mixing skillet dish’
In her cookbook The pioneer woman cooks super easilyDrummond described his fried rice as both “weird” and “delicious” in the most complimentary way.
“Some food mixes are weird,” she began. “Some are delicious. And, as is the case with this super-quick stir-fry, some are weirdly delicious! shouldn’t be as delicious as it is. But it is! It’s absolutely, positively!
“This is a mash-up that will rock your world.”
Ree Drummond’s pepperoni fried rice is the ultimate weeknight meal
Culinary Personality’s unique fried rice recipe calls for mini pepperoni, sliced onion, diced green pepper, minced garlic, jarred pizza sauce, crushed red pepper, leftover rice cooked, chunks of pineapple, cubed fresh mozzarella and torn fresh basil.
It really is a kind of throw-in-a-pan recipe. Once the vegetables are cooked to a tender stage, the pepperoni is added, until it “starts to sizzle”, as the chef states in his cookbook. She stirs in the pizza sauce and chili flakes, then the rice until hot. Drummond adds the pineapple and once it’s hot, the mozzarella is tossed in “at the very last minute”.
She adds that “you’ll want to serve it straight away so the mozzarella is very soft but still intact. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and fall in love!
Get the full recipe on the Food Network website or in ‘The Pioneer Woman Cooks Super Easy’.
Critics gobbled up Drummond’s pepperoni fried rice recipe
With its tasty mish-mash of flavors, this recipe impressed reviewers on the Food Network site.
“This is a nice alternative for leftover rice. I added mushrooms and felt that 2 tbsp pizza sauce left the mixture too dry. Next time I will double that. Also, I ‘ve omitted the mozzarella, but topped with parmesan cheese,” wrote one home cook.
Another fan of the recipe added, “It was quick and easy and had all the ingredients. I followed your recipe as written and it was delicious! Thanks, Ree for sharing.
One home cook praised the dish’s flavor combination: “This is my favorite comfort food! I doubled the sauce as I found it a little dry the first time I made it. It’s so versatile; I even added a few leftover crumbled bacon bits…that’s a game changer! Oh, and the pineapple? Perfect!”
Finally, another reviewer did it his own way in the spirit of Drummond’s recipe, writing, “I had to substitute 2 T BBQ sauce for the pizza sauce and then add a little sriracha instead red pepper flakes. I also had an extra red pepper to use, so I just chopped it up to throw away (plus – no green pepper substitute). Two thumbs up for this one!”
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