Leftover Turkey Fried Rice

In a sweep-the-kitchen mood, I set out to make some fried rice from the LAN party leftovers. I intended to make a simple Filipino-style fried rice, all garlicky goodness, yet threw in some unusual suspects, asparagus and roast turkey. The result was good ol’ fashioned comfort food.

1 cup day-old steamed rice (actually 5 days old)
1/2 lb leftover roast turkey
2-3 cloves peeled/chopped garlic
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
8oz package of mushrooms, sliced
peanut oil
medium sweet soy sauce
Lawry’s garlic salt

Starting with a drizzle of peanut oil in a pan at medium-high heat, toss in some chopped garlic and fry until golden brown. Next, dump the asparagus into the pan to soak up the flavors of oil and garlic…add a little more peanut oil to make sure all the stalks are coated evenly. Pan-broil them until tender-crisp, season with a dash of Lawry’s garlic salt, then remove from heat.

Drizzle more peanut oil into the pan and toss in the rest of the garlic. Mmmm, enjoy the aroma of garlic while it browns, then toss in the mushrooms. Add more peanut oil to coat, if necessary. To this mix add the cold turkey, which was mostly dark meat which I chopped and shredded off the bone beforehand. After sauteing for about five to ten minutes in medium-high heat, add the rice and start tossing. After everything was combined, I drizzled in soy sauce, just enough to color all the rice. Crack some pepper over the mix for seasoning, then remove from heat and serve. Yum!