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Ham fried rice is one of my favorite recipes to make for my family and friends during Easter. This Easter ham tradition started when we moved to the United States. I have a few other rice dishes I make during other family get-togethers during the year, but I find that I tend to make this easy one pot ham fried rice more around and during Easter.Ham is synonymous with Easter while turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving in the United States, right?
I make this dish for our Easter Sunday family lunch or as a rechauffe meal where I use the leftover ham and white rice from the Easter lunch (Sometimes we have white rice and Nigerian stew which is usually what we would have back home in Nigeria). A little bit more about this fried rice – this isn't the Chinese-style pork fried rice we know and love. This is more of our Nigerian Style fried rice which we equally know and love! Another thing to note is that I intentionally omitted curry powder, which is a common feature in Nigerian fried rice. I find it a bit too overpowering for the ham in this dish.
Because of the fast and easy prep of this dish, it's always my go to recipe for entertaining during this time of the year. Therefore the choice of ham is important because it lends a unique flavor to the dish. Whenever I plan this as one of the meals on our Easter menu, I make sure to buy my favorite ham;Hatfield Uncured Ham in good time before they fly off the freezer shelves. Trust me, I know what I am saying from experience. And experience they say is the best teacher, right? Well it was mostly my fault for my last-minute style shopping which found me HAM-less that year.
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Now why do I like Hatfield? Truth? TheirPork with a Pledge caught my attention and got me curious the first time I saw it on the package of a pack of bacon I bought. I then went on to read more about them and this is what I found; they are an American-owned, value-based and family-owned company in Pennsylvania. Their line of uncured products, have no nitrate or nitrites added and no MSG. How cool is that? Wait there's more... Hatfield Uncured Ham is all natural and minimally processed with no artificial ingredients. I also found out that their pork is ethically raised with no hormones or steroids added. I enjoyed their bacon, so I decided to give their ham a try and I was glad I did.
Now dear friends, what better quality uncured ham to use for this delicious recipe than this one? Wouldn’t it be awesome to delight your family and friends this Easter period with this easy-peasy ham fried rice?... Aha! I thought so ? I bought mine at SHOPRITE why not head over here and find out the nearest place you can buy Hatfield pork if SHOPRITE isn't near you. Another way you can use ham in your Easter menu is to make a sauce with large chunks of ham in it and serve over white rice. I hope to share that recipe with you soon enough.
Some ideas for Left over ham
- As a topping for home made pizza
- In Nigerian moin moin
- A filling for stuffed potatoes
- Shredded and used in salads
- Ham Pot pies
- Replace the meat for ham in meat pies
- Are you on a low carb journey? Don't worry we got your back. Substitute rice for cauliflower or zero rice and this meal will be as low carb as you want it to be.
Easter time makes me happy because it reminds me that I am saved by His grace and of course I get to enjoy this amazing Hatfield ham fried rice with family and friends. It's always a #HatfieldEaster. If you enjoyed this recipe Kindly share with family and friends. I bet they would enjoy it too. Have a blessed Easter.
PS: I would love to see what you made with your Hatfield Ham this Easter. You can tag @mydiasporakitchen and use the hashtag #MDKHatfieldEaster and #HatfieldEaster on Instagram. Thank you.
One of our Instagram followers @onlyuzo made this recipe and absolutely loved it.
Easy One Pot Hatfield Ham Fried Rice
- 3 cups Basmati Rice
- 4 cups Chicken stock thoroughly washed and drained
- 32 oz Hatfield uncured ham cut up into 1 inch cubes
- 1½ cup frozen mixed veggies thawed
- ¾ cup cooking oil
- 2 small onions chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
- ½ medium green bell pepper chopped
- ½ medium yellow bell pepper chopped
- ½ medium orange bell pepper chopped
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon ground garlic
- 3 bouillon cubes
- 1 bay leaf optional
- Bring chicken stock to a boil. To the boiling chicken stock, add ginger powder, garlic and 1 bouillon cube, then add in the rice. stir and cover pot.
- Allow to cook till all liquid is absorbed. this takes about 20 mins. leave pot covered.
- While the rice is cooking, heat up oil in a another pot and sauté the onions.
- Add the chopped ham and stir fry for about a minute, then add the thawed mixed veggies and 2 bouillon cubes.
- Stir fry for another 5 minutes, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
- Add the multi colored bell peppers stir and turn off heat.
- Pour the ham stirfry into the cooked rice, mix gently till well combined.
- Serve warm
- Eat as a stand alone
- Serve with a side of grilled Chicken quarters
- Serve with a side of fried plantains
- Serve with a side of salad