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What to do with leftover rice??

lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 04:54 PM

I have about 4 cups of leftover cooked plain Carolina rice? What would you do with it? I'd like to use it to make something for dinner tomorrow night but I'm at a loss. All I can think of is fried rice. HELP!

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    jsaimd RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 05:10 PM

    I just made extra rice tonight to have on hand to make a rice crust for a quiche - something different (I am allergic to wheat).

    In a similar vein rice cakes. I do remember there was a thread on this I think within the last year.

    Here is the link:

    1. purple goddess RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 05:13 PM

      rice pudding.

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        violabratsche RE: purple goddess Aug 21, 2007 05:26 PM

        Rice Salad. Make it up tonight and put it in the fridge and it's one less thing to do tomorrow. Lighter than potato salad, too.


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        foodandscience RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 05:42 PM

        I love to make stuffed portabello mushrooms.
        I can't find the recipe for the life of me right now, but usually I just kinda eye ball it. First roast a couple poblano peppers, ( I do it in the broiler until they are nicely charred), let them steam in a paper bag for 5-10 mins, then peel, seed and chop. I mix up the leftover rice, roasted poblanos, some sauteed onions, some frozen spinach that has been defrosted and drained well, shredded cheddar cheese, and a bit of chopped cilantro. Mix it all up for the filling and season with salt and pepper. This is veggie friendly but my friend loves when I put cooked crumbled sausage into the mix. Brush the portobellos with some olive oil, and put under the broiler about 5-10 mins depending on how big they are, then pull them out and let them cool a bit. Stuff them with the filling, put a bit more cheese on top, and bake them in a 350 degree oven for around 20 mins, or they are hot throughout.
        It is nice to have the rice already cooked, so this can be thrown together pretty quickly. It delicious and easy.

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          missfunkysoul RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 06:07 PM

          you can make rice pudding, too

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            kinipela RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 06:10 PM

            casserole... quick... yummy =)

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              lintygmom RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 06:12 PM

              Rice stuffing in a bird/rolled roast lamb/beef/veal/squash/zucchini. Cold rice salad. Quick casserole. Underneath chili--rice reheated in a microwave? Savory rice pudding with goat cheese baked in a bain marie? (regular rice pudding, too.) Under a curry?

              Frog Hollow farm here serves a risotto tart with custard and nutmeg and raisins in a pastry shell. Bet you could make some with regular rice.

              1. jinet12 RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 06:27 PM

                I love the original idea of fried rice...Add an egg, and small diced veggies and/or meat and soy sauce or some ponzu....

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                  pamd RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 06:32 PM

                  cilantro rice is really good! http://www.chowhound.com/topics/328780

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                    Querencia RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 08:47 PM

                    The Greek dish "spanakorizo". Cook some frozen chopped spinach. Drain it really dry. Mix it with cooked rice. Season with salt, lemon juice, and cinnamon. (Sounds odd, but try it). This is especially good with moussaka, and eggplant just happens to be in season.......

                    1. meatn3 RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 11:30 PM

                      rice freezes well too. When I make brown rice I cook much, much more in order to freeze since I often don't have that much time during the week.

                      1. kathinmadrid RE: lucienne78 Aug 21, 2007 11:46 PM

                        Supli--a typical Italian appetizer. Cooked rice mixed with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce formed into little balls, breaded and deep fried.

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                          RGC1982 RE: kathinmadrid Aug 22, 2007 12:13 AM

                          Sounds a bit like arancini - stuffed rice balls that are filled with meat or cheese and then fried. Sometimes rolled in bread crumbs. Large ones may be the size of an orange, and the La Terza appetizer variety (wonderful) is the size of a ping pong ball for those who've been lucky enough to try them in LA. The point here is that while Grandma made the larger ones to more resemble the shape of burgers or oranges, a chef will take more lattitude with size and presentation. Risotto is a best choice, but with enough egg you can even do this with Basmati.

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                            kathinmadrid RE: RGC1982 Aug 22, 2007 01:16 PM

                            Indeed, the same thing. I think that the Sicilians call them "arancini" and the Romans "supli". Peas or bits of ham can also be added to the rice, cheese and tomato sauce or bolognese sauce.

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                              Eatin in Woostah RE: kathinmadrid Aug 22, 2007 01:22 PM

                              My Italian nana always just called them "rice croquettes". She mixed tomato sauce with the rice, and put a tiny meatball inside. Then formed into fist-sized cone/pyramid shapes, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried. Mmmmmm.... I don't know how it would be with cold leftover rice, though. Part of her technique was to cook the rice with some of the sauce so that the flavor permeates, and the rice had to be a certain sticky consistency to stick together properly. I think leftover rice may be too dry.

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                          lucienne78 RE: lucienne78 Aug 22, 2007 06:48 AM

                          Thank you so much for all of these wonderful ideas. I would make rice pudding, but really need a dinner dish. I'm thinking of the casserole, or the rice balls (I love rice balls). Thanks again!

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                            kinipela RE: lucienne78 Aug 22, 2007 01:18 PM

                            i usually put cream of mushroom soup, chicken cut up into bite size pieces, brocoli (sp? hahah it's a problem word for me... hahaha), mushrooms, cheese... breadcrubs... mix and pop in the oven and no need to worry =)

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                            divamon RE: lucienne78 Aug 22, 2007 06:52 AM

                            Saute some shrimp with garlic, olive oil and butter - toss it with warmed rice and throw in some frozen peas that you've thawed. Add some parmesan cheese and you have the BEST meal!

                            1. JungMann RE: lucienne78 Aug 22, 2007 06:56 AM

                              I love stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage with rice and pork, smothered in a tomato gravy. A friend fries the rice with sofrito to make Mexican rice, then uses it as a burrito filling with refried beans, avocado, cilantro, tomato, onions, cheese and sour cream. Come to think of it, the dish could be prepared without the tortilla as a sort of Mexican-themed casserole.

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                                lucienne78 RE: JungMann Aug 22, 2007 07:42 AM

                                That sounds really good JungMann. Thanks for that one. And the shrimp recipe that divamom just wrote sounds great as well. The only problem is that my daughter hates shrimp.

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