Yes, it sounds a little weird. I thought so too when I encountered fried rice with apples and beef on the menu at Bon Marche Bistro/B Village Cuisine - Monterey Park. But I ordered it out of curiosity and it was seriously good.
Apples aren't too sweet and when charred, added a nice contrast to the beef. Hey, if pork chops and applesauce can be paired together, why not apples and beef?
Besides, it's Weekend Wokking time again! Graziana of Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs), host of the cabbage roundup with 10 recipes, chose APPLES as this month's secret ingredient challenge. I could have done something sweet, but I figured there'd be plenty of those recipes.
Fried Rice with Apples and Cubed Beef
Inspired by Bon Marche Bistro/B Village Cuisine - Monterey Park
2 cups day-old rice, or cook a batch of fresh rice and decrease the water by about half a cup
1/4 lb cubed beef
1 red apple, cubed
3 eggs, scrambled or use my scrambled egg omelet technique
Soy sauce or oyster sauce to taste
1/4 tsp salt
Cube the beef first. Add 1/4 tsp salt and set aside so it has a few minutes to marinate.
Then cube the apple.
Make the scrambled eggs first if you wish. Set aside.
Turn the heat on to high because everything will cook very quickly in the wok. Saute the apples first so they develop a nice char. Then add the beef.
Or if you don't want to cook the eggs first, move the apples and beef to the outside of the pan, and add beaten scrambled eggs into the center.
Mix thoroughly. Add rice and stir again.
Add soy sauce or oyster sauce to taste.
And there you have it, fried rice with apples and beef.
I'm submitting this recipe to Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks to celebrate the multiple ways we can cook one ingredient. This month's secret ingredient is APPLES. The host for December is MomGateway. Do check her blog for the apple round-up with seven recipes.
If you'd like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check who's hosting next month. If you've participated in the past and would like to host, please email me.
My other apple recipes:
Apple Crumble Pie
Apple Juice and Red Wine Turkey Brine
"Fruit-shi" ie. Dessert Sushi
German Oven Pancakes
Sangria with Red Wine
Sour Cream Apple Pie
1 year ago today, Canh Bap Cai Bac Thao (Vietnamese Napa Cabbage Soup).
2 years ago today, Slightly Spiced (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg) Molasses Cookies.
3 years ago today, I hung my stockings by the chimney with care.