Friday, July 27, 2007

What to do with leftover rice

I hate to waste anything. It kills me to throw out leftovers. I am always trying to figure out how to use up ingredients and leftovers creatively. I can't seem to make decent rice for just two people so we always have lots of rice leftover, often enough for several meals. After some brainstorming I decided to make these simple and delicious rice cakes. They are a take on the mashed potato patties that my mom used to make with left over mashies. The rice cakes a little healthier for you.

Rice Cakes
2 cups of leftover rice
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp olive oil

Whisk two eggs in a medium-sized bowl. Add the rice, bread crumbs, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands mix ingredients together until well blended and the mixture starts to stick together. Scoop up a small ball of the rice mixture and form a patty about 2 1/2 inches wide by 1/2 inch tall. You should get about 5-6 rice cakes out of this recipe. Heat olive oil in a large skillet until hot. Add rice cakes and let cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Plate and serve.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can season the rice anyway you want. You can also add leftover, diced, cooked veggies to the rice mixture. Be creative!

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