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What to do with leftover, cooked kind of mushy rice?

Ok...over cooked too much rice! it's brown rice. i used some of it to make 'fried rice' but it's really too mushy and stuck together to have made that well (but we're going to eat it anyway) so now that i STILL have about 2-3 cups left, what to do? i don't want to throw it away.

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  1. It'd be perfect for arancini, rice pudding, or a rice & cheese casserole (similar to mac & cheese).

    1. This recipe will work even with the overcooked rice. I always make fresh rice and add it hot to the shredded cheese, but you can improvise!

      Cheesy Rice Casserole

      3 CUPS COOKED RICE
      1 CUP SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE
      1/3 CUP CHOPPED ONION
      1 T CRUSHED GARLIC
      1/4 CUP CHOPPED GREEN PEPPER
      1 CAN EVAPORATED MILK
      2 EGGS, BEATEN
      1/2 CUP OIL
      1 T SALT
      1/2 t PEPPER
      1/2 t SEASONED SALT

      MIX RICE , CHEESE, GARLIC, GREEN PEPPERS, AND ONIONS IN GREASED CASSEROLE. BLEND REST OF INGREDIENTS. MIX WITH RICE MIXTURE. BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 45 MINUTES.

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      1. re: janetms383

        I'm in the process of baking this and I think that 1/2 cup oil is too much. The casserole looks fully baked and it's been over 45 min, yet there is almost an entire 1/2 oil pooled around it and on top of it. I just poured it off and I'm broiling it until the top browns a little. Anyone else have this experience?

        1. re: ashraeann

          I'm trying to figure why you need oil at all, Cheddar tends to be oily anyway.

        2. Put the rice in a shallow layer in a dry fry plan on medium high heat and keep stirring until the moisture has evaporated - it's possible to get the rice crispy and so then a good base for your fried rice.

          1. My doggie loves it, especially with leftover gravy!

            1. I'd say make one of those weird vegetarian loaf/lump things. Mash some beans, saute the vegetables of your choice (tons of garlic, please, and more celery than you think advisable), and mix the whole mess together. The rice will be a great binder.

              Form into a loaf and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Make a wine reduction with fresh herbs to serve it with, along with some brightly-flavored vegetables or a big salad

              I know -- very Mollie Katzen. But honestly, it can make for a welcome change of pace occasionally.

              If you don't live on it (as I used to), it can be a delicious and extremely nutritious alternative once in a while.

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              1. re: dmd_kc

                heehee. i love how you sell the idea: "those weird vegetarian lump things". =P

                (in all honesty, i do like those weird vegetarian lump things! good suggestion.)

                1. re: dmd_kc

                  MAN, OH MAN! i want me "one of those weird vegetarian loaf/lump things."