I’m very glad the western world is privy to rice, because I love it. One of my favorite rice dishes is a quiche…which might sound nasty, but it’s amazing…basically a veggie stirfry you add 3 eggs to and dump in a rice nest to bake. It’s really versatile and I don’t follow the recipe at all cuz I change it up all the time….But the BASIC idea is as follows:
1. First have cooked rice in a round glass casserole dish or whatever you like using to bake with. For me, I like baking rice instead of doing it on the range because I’m lazy and don’t wanna watch it in case it bubbles over or what have you. So In a 2 quart glass dish (Pyrex, I like) I put 3/4 to 2 cups rice and double the water to bake at 350 degrees for 45 min.
2. Start stir-fryish-cooking any veggies you want…2 tomatoes, an onion, and a medium zucchini work nicely, or today I used a weird yellow bumpy squash thing ; I also like to add spinach (surprise, surprise). Add 1 tsp dry basil or other herbs you think smell good with veggies…that usually means it’ll taste good with them, too…rosemary I sometimes add, pine nuts, whatever. If you like garlic, throw in 2 minced cloves. Or just use some dried powder, that works too.
3. Take your rice, beat in an egg and press it into a nest-shape against the bowl, and bake uncovered at 450 for 5 min.
4. Go back to your veggie mix and add 1 cup evaporated milk (like 3/4 a can) along with 3 beaten eggs.
5. Dump the veggie soup stuff into the middle of the nest, top with some cheese like Parmesan and (spinach feather-layered is pretty too) bake for 40 min. at 325.
This serves 4-6, depending on how much you eat…For my family now we have it gone among the three of us if we are really hungry, but 4 is about the right serving size.