I finally decided that I needed to share this recipe with you. This is in regular rotation at our house, and Tim loves it, which is actually a huge surprise considering that it has no meat or potatoes in it. The real title of this recipe is Savory Rice Loaf, but I left the loaf part out because I think it sounds gross. I avoided trying this recipe at first because of the name, and I didn't want you to make that mistake and skip this post all together because of the name. This is a simple, healthy, and delicious dish. The flavor combination is really good and creates a wonderful base for many types of sauce. Last night I had this with black bean salsa, previously I have tried marinara sauce. I can imagine that it would also be good with a nice cream sauce, or even a meaty pasta sauce. There are so many places that you could go with this, and again, totally out of character for him, Tim always chooses to eat this plain, by itself, and is always completely satisfied by it. You could serve this as a side if it does not sound hearty enough for you, but we always eat it as a main course. It is great with a colorful salad.
Savory Rice Loaf
Recipe From More-With-Less Cookbook
Grease a loaf pan
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees
1 1/2 C COOKED rice
1 1/2 C grated cheese- I always use extra sharp cheddar. The cheese adds a large amount of the flavor so be sure to pick a cheese that will add a flavor punch
1/2 C bread crumbs
1/4 C chopped celery
2 Tbsp chopped onion
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 Tbsp chopped green pepper
3/4 t salt
1 C milk
1/4 C melted butter
Pour into loaf pan. Place pan inside a larger baking pan that is filled with 1 in hot water. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour-until loaf is set in the center. Loosen loaf around the edges with a spatula and turn it out onto a platter. Serve plain or with sauce of choice.
No this is not gourmet food, but it is delicious and satisfying. I hope you will try it.