There is just two of us in our little house, which results in a lot of leftovers sometimes. Especially when it comes to rice. We like rice, no we love rice. Rice is to Puerto Ricans what potatoes are to Americans. Growing up in a Puerto Rican home the standard meal was rice, beans and a side of meat.
Any given day of the week you will find an array of leftovers in our refrigerator. If I am not careful the leftovers will take over and come alive. With only two of us in the house it just happens. Seriously, one time I found a container in the back of the refrigerator that I am sure would have started talking to me if opened.
As scary as leftovers can become they can also make some amazing dishes. A few weeks back while I was standing in front of the refrigerator trying to figure out what to make for dinner. My eye landed on some left over rice and pork tenderloin. I didn’t have quite enough for both of us, but I knew if I combined it and bulked it up with some other things it could make a killer dinner.
I fried up some ripe plantains that where sitting on the counter, scrambled a few eggs, tossed in the rice and pork and TA-DA dinner was made. And, HOLLY MOLLY was it good! These are all elements that I’ve had as a complete dinner, but to toss them together and fry them up a little made it a whole new dish.
With tender rice, savory pork and chunks of sweet crispy plantains, every bite is the perfect bite! This business is so good I had to force myself not to hide in the closet with the whole pot. I showed some self restraint and only had a bowl, instead of the whole pot. Although, I did go back for seconds…and maybe thirds. It was just SOOOOO good!