Aug 27, 2013

A Little Extra: Baked Cheddar - Broccoli Rice Cups

We were having breaded chicken cutlets for dinner. Nothing too exciting so I wanted to try something new as our side. And if you haven't figured it out yet, I am all about trying new things. This was a recipe that I saw posted on pinterest, and you never know how those recipes are going to turn out but I wanted to give it a shot. What did I have to lose? A few dollars worth of groceries if it was so bad that you couldn't even eat it and maybe a bit of respect for the evil person that would post it on pinterest. So basically not much. So we tried it (if you hadn't already figured it out).

Brought To You By: The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

Here's What You Need:
1 cup quick-cooking rice, like Minute Rice (can substitute about 2 cups regular, cooked rice and omit the 1 cup stock below)
1 cup chicken stock
1 10-oz box frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed and excess water squeezed out
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Here's What You Do:
Prepare rice as directed on package, substituting stock for water. Place cooked rice in a large bowl and let cool slightly. Add the remaining ingredients, using only 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese, and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to eight well-greased muffin cups and top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until twos are lightly browned and edges are starting to get crispy.





I have found some of my favorite meals via pinterest (i.e. chicken cordon bleu - next time I make it I'm thinking I'll do a 'How to Boil Water' on it because it is so delicious and should be shared!). This one isn't exactly going to be making the favorites list yet but it might work its way there if I make a few changes.

First of all, it is really easy. There was nothing complex about this at all. And truthfully it was pretty good. But it was a little dull. I have never been all that great at seasoning, but it's hard to tell if it was me or the amount of seasoning that the recipe called for. I don't exactly measure salt and pepper when I cook. But regardless of what the problem was, it needs to be fixed we have it again with more seasoning

Overall the recipe wasn't bad, but it needs more life, aka more seasoning.



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