Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cheesy Rice Fritters

It was Recipe Experiment Sunday a few days ago at my house. I tried a Rachel Ray recipe that I tore out of her magazine a while ago. (Side note: Who's tired of RR? She's just too happy for me.) These fritters did not fall into my "quick and easy recipe" category, but they did fit into my "fried with cheese and bacon" category, so I gave them a try. Bruce ate 4 and he LOVED the spinach, so I guess it's a winner!

Cheesy Rice Fritters- serves 4
1 c. arborio rice (couldn't find it at the store, so I just used regular rice.)
3 slices bacon
1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper
1/2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 10oz. bag baby spinach, coarsely chopped
Line a baking sheet with waved paper. In a medium saucepan, bring the rice and 2 1/2 c. water to a boil. Lower the heat and and simmer until the rice is still firm but cooked through and the water has evaporated, about 20 minutes. (What? Don't cover the cooking rice? Just let it simmer away to nothingness? Ya. It felt weird.) Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Chop. Add the bacon to the rice, along with the cheeses, egg and salt & pepper. Mix well. Form into 12 3 inch patties and place on waxed paper. (Wet hands make this go much faster!) Sprinkle both sides with breadcrumbs. Add the olive oil to the skillet and heat over medium high. Working in batches, add patties and cook, turning once, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook, turning, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with S&P. Top with patties.

Photo Tutorial!

 Naked, boiling rice. Doesn't feel right.
ll of the patty ingredients, waiting to be mixed.
Breadcrumb coated patties and chopped spinach, waiting to be fried!
Golden brown patties.
Barbara, aren't you going to have any of this spinach?
No. Thank you, but no.

1 comment:

  1. This actually looks really, REALLY good! And I'm having the spinach, you vegetable weenie! ;)