Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice
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Breakfast or brunch especially with this Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice are big in our household. When my sons are home, I make a huge breakfast to start our day. I learned this from my parents who always made sure we had a good, substantial meal before we left for school. Often, that meant a bowl of rice was part of breakfast. The typical Filipino breakfast consists of rice, usually a very appetizing and fragrant garlic-flavored fried rice called ‘sinangag’ (say ‘see-nah-ngag’).
“Morisqueta tostada” (fried rice) was how my mom described garlic fried rice in Spanish. She taught me how to make a delightful platter of this whenever we had leftover ham from the holidays. Sure enough I had a couple of slices stored in my freezer. I also had sweet pineapple cubes in the ref from making the ham. I knew my family would enjoy this so I got to work. This would be a perfect energizer for everyone.
Ham-Pineapple Garlic Rice
- Large Skillet: 12-inches diameter
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cups cooked ham cubed
- 1 cup pineapple cubes fresh or canned, drain juice
- 3 cups cooked rice at least a day old, refrigerated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
- 3 to 4 cooked eggs for serving
- Over medium heat, in a large skillet add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough in about 1 to 2 minutes, add the minced garlic. With a cooking spoon, press the garlic against the skillet well to spread out the garlic flavors. Then add the chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes till onions are translucent.
- Add the chopped ham and blend well with the garlic and onions for about 2 minutes. The skillet should be hot enough by now and ingredients are sizzling. Add the cubed pineapple and blend well.
- Pour the cooked rice into the skillet. Mix well with the other ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve with sunny side up eggs on the side.
Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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Awesome! I am a big figure skating fan, so I’ve seen Michael Christian Martinez skate. I know he’s had challenges as far as training, but I think he’s quite talented!
Thanks, Mai! Yes, I look forward, too, to Michael’s event. It was fun doing “Let’s Lunch” with you and thank you for hosting 🙂
Wow, that sounds like a great breakfast! And conveniently, I have some ham on hand…
Thanks, Annabelle. Yes, it’s so delish and so easy to do, which is what makes it really great. Enjoy:-)
Hooray for Team Philippines! I love that you are sending your team out into the snow with a hearty, delicious, thoughtful breafast. This would make a fine dinner as well. Love the photo with the eggs sunnyside-up, top of the mountain.
Thanks, Nancie! You are so sweet. Yes sharing Philippine pride has always been my passion. As for this quick, yet delicious breakfast you’re right, we have it for dinner, too 🙂
This looks just fabulous. I will pick up ham and pineapple just to make it — I can’t wait for leftover-from-Easter dinner! The sunnyside eggs on top? So very fine. Go Team Philippines!
Thanks, Nancie! This is fantastic with leftovers. Always a treat to have you visit the blog 🙂
Betty Ann knows that Filipino truism that it’s not breakfast without rice. So much yum in one place!
Thanks, @SandwichSurprise ! Glad to find a kindred soul in the rice for breakfast sentiment. This was one of the most favorite brunch fares we’ve had that my family asked for it again at dinner 🙂
I’ve been making fried rice for breakfast recently ~ I’ll have to try your version with ham, garlic and pineapple~
Thanks, Lucy. This brunch dish with pineapple added to the ham was hard to resist, we had it for dinner again 🙂
Go Philippines! I’ve been too busy to watch the Olympics, but I cheer for those two athletes! 🙂
Garlic rice… and with ham and pineapple, I know this will be a popular dish at my house!
Thanks, Nami. Yes, the addition of pineapple to the ham just made this dish very appealing to all. Glad you came by 🙂