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Crispy Rice Bites #SundaySupper

Crispy Rice BitesDo you love leftovers as much as we do around here? I usually make more than enough of all our meals so lunch is ready to reheat the next day. some things like pasta of rice get re-used in another recipe too, and that is both helpful to not waste food but also super economical.

In that light, I made these crispy rice bites sort of by accident. I was trying to make croquettes but the rice wasn’t cooperating to stick together- so I made these little bites, and they turned out great: soft on the inside, crispy on the outside.These rice bites are also an easy way to use up leftover rice and serve it again as a totally new side dish with dinner.

Since I made it sound kinda weird, I want to clarify: these are easy. No worries- croquettes are fussy and I wasn’t feeling like fussing. I just wanted to get on with feeding my family, you know? Here’s what you do:

Mix it up and scoop with a tablespoon:

Crispy Rice Bites

Use the tablespoon to scoop into a hot pan:

Crispy Rice Bites

Leave them alone for 2-3 minutes and then flip them once the edges get brown, and then push down with the back of the spatula:

Crispy Rice Bites

Check out how creamy on the inside and crisp on the outside:

Crispy Rice Bites

Crispy Rice Bites

Ingredients & How-to:

1 cup leftover cooked rice (I used Basmati)
2 Tbsp. shredded cheese (cheddar, parmesan or another hard cheese)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
2 medium eggs (or just 1 jumbo), beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs (panko or regular)
1 TBSP. oil for frying

  • To a large bowl, mix the rice, cheese, and seasonings together.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the eggs. Add to the rice mixture.
  • Stir in the bread crumbs.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet pan over medium-high heat.
  • Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the mixture into mounds into the hot pan. Don’t press down! Cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip over and then press down with the back of the spatula. Cook this side for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove and serve warm.

Crispy Rice Bites

These are so easy and a yummy change from just reheating rice, don’t you think? I think this hand-held little cake, is a complete meal in itself with eggs, cheese and rice. It would be perfect for little kids who love to hold on to their food and have little bites to eat too- just add a veggie or salad and I would be good on any given night!

Do you love rice?

The Sunday Supper Blogger Community came up with this list of great Simple rice recipes for dinner:

Simple Rice Recipes for Dinner #SundaySupper

What’s for dinner?

Rice is for dinner!

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Crispy Rice Bites


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Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

classic sugar cookie cake

I adapted this from the Dixie Crystals pure white sugar package- yep. Sometimes the best recipes are from the back of the box, if you know what I mean? This is no exception! I love Dixie sugar, and last year was lucky enough to receive a crap-ton of it for Brunch Week– like 12 bags!

So now that my kids are getting off the bus after their first day of school…I am welcoming them home with this beauty!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Isn’t it cute? My kids made so much fun of my writing…”Does that say, Happy 1st Dan?”, “What is that, Play Doh?” No…no it is not. brats. No….just kidding. {sigh}

Okay, so I wrote a little welcome with my butter cream recipe, that isn’t super pretty but you know they did fight over the icing, so I over-did it a bit! They had seconds too- cuz that’s the nice-mom I felt like today.

I adapted it to use canola oil instead of butter. The recipe calls for a cup of butter, and that is two whole sticks. I don’t really want all that saturated fat with my old lady arteries, so I typically substitute 3/4 cups of canola oil for every 1 cup of butter. This has worked great for me most times with cookies only. Here’s the recipe as I made it:

Classic Sugar Cookies made into a Cookie Cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375*. Spray a 9″ cake pan with non-stick spray or rub with butter (or margarine) completely.
  • In a large bowl, add the oil and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until combined.
  • Add the sprinkles and mix completely.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan, using your knuckles to evenly spread it.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes at 375* until the edges are just lightly browned.

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

For the optional butter-cream frosting:

In a large bowl, add:

  • 3 TBSP. softened butter
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla
  • 1 TBSP. milk

Mix with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add to a plastic bag, cut the tip off, and pipe your letters. That’s it!

Classic Sugar Cookie Cake


I have a non-chocolate eater in my world, so I opted for sugar cookie flavor. I added some jimmies (sprinkles for you non North-easterners) and frosted the letters with my easy butter cream frosting, but you could also use ready made frosting or even just stick a little hand lettered-sign in the middle with a tooth-pick! Let’s make this easy shall we?

It pops out super easily after it cools too, so it’s better to slice up into sections:

 

classic sugar cookie cake

Well it is super easy and kind of a nice little welcome home at the end of their day. I am sure it was hard work having to NOT be on a screen, and NOT lay around in your PJs all day! I feel their pain and so I hope this helps ease it a little bit~

classic sugar cookie cake


Classic Sugar Cookie Cake

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes #SundaySupper

Foil Pack Grilled PotatoesThis is stupid easy my friends. Potatoes, butter or oil, and your grill. Foil is my easy-button on this one, so follow along, but don’t be mad…I forgot to take a picture when they were done! Ack! I will update this asap with a good pic, I promise!

We all have a lot to do for our Labor Day get togethers, so let’s just get to it:

Cut your potatoes super thin- I do it by hand, but you can use a mandolin.

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

Lay out the foil in a criss-cross and spray it.

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

Layer your potatoes, season, and add pats of butter. Do it three times:

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

Then wrap and grill!

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

So I have made this with half regular potatoes and half sweet potato and it is just as delicious and maybe a little more pretty with the color. It doesn’t matter with the cooking time, as it all turns out the same, so here’s the official recipe:

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

Ingredients:

4-5 medium sized white, russet, or sweet potatoes
5 Tablespoons butter, margarine, or olive oil
Seasoning to shake: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

  • Heat the grill to 350*-400*
  • Rip two lengths of foil and set crosswise and spray with nonstick spray. You can also cook these in a disposable foil pan and cover with foil.
  • Slice your potatoes very thin and of a consistent size.
  • Layer the potatoes in a single layer on the foil. Season with a generous sprinkling of your seasonings. Place a teaspoon of butter around the layer. Place another layer of potatoes over this. Add the seasoning and butter. Place a third layer of potato on top, season it, and dab with butter.
  • Wrap it up tightly and place on the grill for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are tender. If it is wrapped well, you can flip it half way through the cooking time for even cooking. Remove from the grill and serve. {open carefully to avoid burning}

Foil Pack Grilled Potatoes

That is it! Enjoy and happy last days of summer grilling!

For more Labor Day Recipe Ideas Check out my friends at Sunday Supper! Thank you to Em Beitel and Christie Campbell of A Kitchen Hoors’ Adventures for hosting.

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.


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