This humble staple is part Houdini as it transforms leftovers into magical dishes. Save your extra take-out rice portion and try out these five ways to revive your leftover rice. You might even find yourself making extra rice just to try out these ideas!
1. Fry That Rice
Don’t throw out that dry and hard cooked rice in the fridge! The secret to making the best fried rice is using day-old leftover rice! Fire up a wok or skillet with some oil and a beaten egg, add in the rice and toss until it’s evenly toasted and aromatic.
2. Make Rice Croquettes Or Arancini Balls
Leftover risotto? Use it up by making this all-time favorite snack! Form the leftover risotto into balls, stuff with your filling of choice, and coat it in flour, egg and breadcrumbs before deep frying until golden and crispy. Your family will look forward to these delicious snacks the day after a risotto dinner.
3. Stir Up Some Rice Pudding
This is a quick option for whipping up a warm dessert that also uses up any leftover milk in your fridge. Rice pudding also makes a delicious breakfast served cold along with a sprinkle of crunchy granola.
4. Add It To Soup
Replace the noodles in your soup recipe with rice! Turn any broth-based soup into a hearty meal by adding in leftovers of this staple ingredient.
5. Bulk Up Your Burrito
Mix your leftover rice with some canned drained black beans and use as a filling to buff up your burritos. Great for make-ahead lunches!
Did You Know?
Cauliflower rice is a great gluten-free option for rice-based recipes. Simply cut the cauliflower head into tiny rice sized pieces to make a mean gluten-free fried rice.