Pesto & Spices Fried Rice

Pesto can be used with many dishes: to roast chicken, sautee ribs, or mixed with lime juice for a salad dressing. Here I use it to make a fried rice dish - a mediterranean-style fried rice. This colourful dish can be a main course in itself - I add cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber on top of the fried rice, not only to give a rich color but to give it a touch of salad as well.

A student of mine likes to make a big pot of it, then that will be lunch, dinner, and lunch boxes for her family to take to work. The dish is still very tasty when it is cold.

To make this dish successfully, sautee the spices and herbs for about 10 mintues to give it a strong armoa. All the ingredients together will give this dish a very attractive mix of colors. When the dish is presented on a plate, it almost looks like a piece of an art. It attracts (you could even say 'challenges') your eyes, nose, and mouth - and your stomach.


4 teaspoons Pesto sauce
¼ onion, red and yellow bell pepper, and chopped carrot
80g Italian Salami, grated
4 bowls of cooked rice
2 teaspoons Italian herbs, oregano and salt.
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 to 15 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 cucumbera, pared, sliced

How to cook it

1. Warm the pan and pour in the oil, then fry the spices & vegetables at low heat for at least 10 minutes.
2. When it begins to smell really good, add the salami and rice and keep stirring untill they are mixed.
3. Then add the pesto sauce and turn the heat high, stir for about 1 mintue.
4. Add some salt to taste.
5. Toss the quartered cherry tomatoes with the rice.
6. Sprinkle the sliced cucumber on top when ready to serve.


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