Do you ever get down to the last few things in your pantry and you panic a little because you have no idea what to make with such a hodge-podge of ingredients?

That happens all the time to me.

Usually I can whip something up.  Like yesterday I found some chicken thighs in our freezer and a little bit of rice.  So I made chicken & broth in the crock pot, and with some of the broth I made chicken flavored rice.

But then today I had just a few veggies in the fridge, one egg, and a bunch of leftover rice.

It was pretty sticky.  I didn’t think I could reheat it without it getting mushy and the girls will NOT eat mushy rice.

So I did a little internet sleuthing on what I could make with leftover mushy rice.  I used a couple different inspirations, and came up with these:

Leftover Rice Fritters

  • 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup minced veggies (I used green onion and celery)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • peanut or coconut oil for frying

Mix up all your ingredients (except oil) in a bowl. Make sure the egg and veggies get well incorporated.

Heat 1″ of oil in a skillet on med/high.

Form the rice mixture into patties and pan-fry for about 2 minutes on each side.  Drain on a paper towel.

How Do They Taste?

These fritters don’t even taste like rice!

They kind of resemble potato cakes, but creamier.  The closest thing I could think of was the macaroni & cheese fritters they serve at our local sports grill.

We snarfed them up – all three of the kids loved them dipped in ranch dressing.

What kinds of crazy concoctions have you made when the pantry was bare?

Download this recipe as a pdf file.

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2 Responses to Rice Fritters (Made With Leftovers)

  1. Stef Riggs says:

    I am totally the queen of casseroles. I can’t even give a specific example but I have thrown together some really crazy things and my family always snarfs it up too. 😉 I can’t wait to make these!

  2. Beth says:

    OMG! I ran to the kitchen as soon as I read this! I had some spanish rice that I was going to throw out and made this! I just added a bit of pepper and hot sauce! Yum!

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