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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REAL MEN COOK 27: Rice Pancakes

Some time ago I posted a recipe on making Potato Pancakes.  They are  a lot simpler than most recipes, and cook up quite nicely.  But we ran out of potatoes and I needed something to eat for breakfast.  A quick side trip here: being unable to eat many sweets makes breakfast a challenge.
So I tried something different and it worked out pretty well.  Its more or less the same recipe, but instead of grated potatoes, you start out with rice.  All you need is:
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • half small onion
  • salt
  • pepper
Chop up the small onion into small pieces, at most a half inch, but preferably smaller.  Combine everything in a bowl and mix. Take a non-stick pan, put in enough margarine or oil to cover the bottom well.  Spoon about half the mix into the pan and shape it into a nice pancake sort of round shape.
It will take a while to cook each side, but be careful.  This cooks faster than the potato pancakes, and if you get the rice too dark it turns into rocks.  You want it golden brown.  once one side is done it will turn over very easily as a single unit.  Cook both sides, then do the other half of the batch.
You can top this with sour cream (or if lactose intolerant, plain yogurt), butter/margarine, salsa, gravy, or cheese.  A few chopped up green onions would go nice too.  If you really want to, you can add syrup or jelly too but I think its actually better not sweet.  If you go the syrup route, probably leave out the pepper and onions for best results.
Inside the mix, you can vary it a bit.  Adding green peppers, hot peppers, cheese, etc all works, and its pretty darn filling.
Here's the thing: this is cheap and fast to make.  The only real hold up is cooking the rice, and that doesn't really take too terribly long.  There's no wheat in it, no flour.  The rice and eggs hold together really well without needing any.
*This is part of the Real Men Cook series.

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