Cooking with Jerky



Jerky is a fantastic snack all by itself, but what about a recipe that incorporates jerky? Could this magnificent meat snack be transformed into a delectable meal? Why, yes – yes it can.


Readers brave enough to try this quick recipe for maximum jerky consumption will find it to be a great way to sneak jerky onto the dinner table. Jerky wins!


You will need:


  1. 1 cup long-grain rice, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 1/2 cups water, plus 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  3. 3 ounces beef jerky, cut into 1-inch pieces (BOJ recommends Original Beef or Blazin’ Hot)
  4. 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  7. 1 medium carrot, cut into 1/2 -inch pieces
  8. One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  10. 1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
  11. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  12. Salt
  13. 1 scallion, thinly sliced


1.  In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with the 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff the rice and let cool completely.


2.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, pour 2 cups of the boiling water over the beef jerky. Cover and let stand until pliable, about 30 minutes. Drain the jerky and coarsely chop it.


3.  In a small bowl, cover the shiitake mushrooms with the remaining 1/2 cup of boiling water and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and chop the mushrooms into 1-inch pieces; discard the stems and chop the caps.


4.  Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, carrot and ginger and cook over low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring for about about 2 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the beef jerky (the good part!), shiitakes and almonds. Stir-fry until heated through. Add rice and soy sauce and stir-fry to break up the rice and heat it through. Season with salt. Stir in scallion for taste.


This is just one example of how beef jerky can be incorporated into a delicious recipe. Get creative! This could be the beginning of a beautiful jerky-culinary relationship. Make adjustments or substitutions (such as peppers or other stir-fry friendly vegetables) to create a truly jerktastic addition to your family cookbook!



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