If you're looking at a mushy mess instead of the fluffy grains of rice you hoped for, not to worry — you're in good company. Overcooking rice might be a rookie mistake, but it happens to the best of us, much more often than we'd like to admit. Fortunately there are several ways to rework overdone rice that can save you from throwing it out and starting all over again.
Believe it or not, some recipes actually call for overcooked rice. We're here to share those with you, plus provide some tips on how to prevent your rice from overcooking in the first place.
A super-delicious way to use up your overcooked rice is to make rice pancakes (think potato pancakes made out of rice). Sauté your favorite vegetables in a little bit of olive oil, and add them to the rice. Toss in a few handfuls of shredded cheese, and mix well. Shape the rice mixture into round patties, and sauté until crispy.
Rice in soup is always overcooked since you reheat the soup (and cook the rice further) every time you go to eat it. The soups that work the best for adding overcooked rice include chicken and rice, hot-and-sour soup, minestrone and vegetable beef.
Hosting a party? Mix a few cups of overcooked rice into your meat to form meatballs. The rice acts as a filler so you'll get more meatballs for your money without sacrificing flavor.
Have little ones running around? Overcooked rice is great for them since it's significantly easier to chew than regular rice is. Serve it to them as is, or mix with puréed vegetables or fruits.
Frying foods will naturally make them crispier. Put your overcooked rice in a saucepan with some olive oil, and cook over medium heat. Add in your favorite vegetables, an egg and soy sauce.
If you're in the mood for something sweet, turn your overcooked rice into rice pudding by adding milk, cinnamon, sugar, raisins and vanilla extract. Mix well, and serve warm.
Sometimes we can't help overcooking our food. Whether we get an unexpected phone call, the baby starts crying, or we simply forget to set the timer, it can't always be avoided. To lessen your chances at overcooking your rice, though, use the following tips:
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 4/6/16
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