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Salvaging a casserole because of uncooked rice.

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Is it possible to salvage a casserole that you stuck uncooked rice into?

I'm horrible with reading recipes ahead of time... and normally my family isn't eating until a lot later than planned because I missed the "simmer for an hour and a half" comment.

Well, this time, I sat down - read the recipe. Measured out all of my ingredients and began to work on my dish. I figured because it called for 2 cups of milk, the rice was to cook while baking. Well I was wrong. As I pulled the casserole out of the oven, the rice was still small and raw looking. I went back to the cook book and saw the "cooked" notation next to the rice. I'm a genius.

So, back to the point - is there anyway to get the rice cooked in this dish so I don't have to trash the entire thing?

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  1. Can you add stock or even water and put it back on heat? Only way to get the rice to cook and you can't pull it out grain by grain ;-)

    1. Is this a savory dish or a sweet dish? If savory, add chicken or beef stock. If sweet, add milk or fruit juice or water. Use enough that the rice is completely covered with liquid. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake it for an hour. The rice will cook. Raw rice will definitely cook in an hour if it has enough liquid to absorb---cover it to keep the steam inside the dish. Re not reading the recipe ahead of time, ask yourself what your intention is. If it is to provide edible food for yourself and others, reading the recipe will optimize possibility. If you have some other intention, not reading the recipe so that failure is guaranteed may be your best course of action.

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      1. re: Querencia

        " Re not reading the recipe ahead of time, ask yourself what your intention is. If it is to provide edible food for yourself and others, reading the recipe will optimize possibility. If you have some other intention, not reading the recipe so that failure is guaranteed may be your best course of action."

        You said that well, Querencia. I'll try to remember.

      2. yes, just add more liquid and let it cook for an hour.

          1. I'd add stock, not water, because you don't want to dilute the flavors, and just cook the thing on the stove.