Leftovers !!! the most dreaded word in a house. Nothing good ever comes out of leftovers they say. My fridge is full of so much stale food they say. Actually leftovers are just some food already cooked for you, and all you’ve gotta do is change something about it and make it into another meal.
In my case I had a bowlful of leftover rice. To me, leftovers can result in some of the most versatile snacks, dinners, meals. Just tinkering around with some random pulled out food from a fridge raid can result in creative meals you never thought you’d otherwise have.
I made a fabulous bowl of fiery Schezuan rice with green peppers.
You can either use the Schezuan sauce that comes out of jars or make some of your own. Of-course life is easy if it comes out of a jar but since I didn’t have any, I opted to make some for myself, and its piece of cake.
Ingredients for Schezuan sauce in case you’re not using it from a jar.
this might not be the authentic recipe (sorry Sichuan, China), but this is how I make… it’s ferociously hot and lip smacking tasty.
8-10 dried red chillies soaking in water for at least a couple of hours.
10 cloves of garlic minced
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp chilli sauce
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp water
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
Drain the red chillies soaking in water and grind them into a fine paste. In a pan, add oil, mix in the garlic and saute until soft and golden, Now add the ginger and saute. Take a moment to die in the fragrance emitting from your pan and stir in the ground chilly paste.
add salt, pepper, sot sauce, chilli sauce, water and mix until bubbling and thick. finally add in the sugar and vinegar. Mix until fully incorporated and thickened. Allow to cool.
Ingredients for Schezuan Rice
Cooked rice – I had about a 1.5 cup
small onion diced
peppers sliced thinly. I had green, but you can use any colour you like.
2 tbsp Schezuan sauce (recipe above)
1 Tbsp oil.
1/2 tsp salt
The procedure is pretty straightforward. Heat oil in a pan, add in the onions and cook until softened. Add in the peppers and saute until the onions have caramelized a bit and taken on the peppery flavour. add the Schezuan sauce, and mix until the vegetables have turned red. Finally mix in the rice until coated with the sauce. Serve very hot..