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fun essentials: edible/fillable rice bowl

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

I always like to do fun/different things with food. Last year I was teaching a class in Honolulu… And since, Hawaii is considered Japan’s playground, it is no surprise that the hotels on the water cater to the Japanese. For example, at breakfast you will see mounds of rice, fish heads, and other Japanese favorites; along with the usual American breakfast fare. But I noticed something new… It was a bowl made out of rice, and you could fill with whatever you desired. I decided I needed to make one, and this is what I came up with… So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 1
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For fun essentials: edible/fillable rice bowl

  • 1/2 c
    rice, white or brown, your choice
  • 3/4 c
    chicken stock, not broth, boiling hot
  • 1 lg
    farm-fresh egg
  • 3 Tbsp
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted, softened
  • 2 Tbsp
    breadcrumbs, unseasoned
  • salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • additional spices, to personal taste
  • cheddar cheese, freshly grated

How To Make fun essentials: edible/fillable rice bowl

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    The size and shape of your rice bowl will be determined by the items you have on hand to construct it. I am using a mini springform pan to make mine. That will make it easier to release when it is finished baking. My bowl is a small springform pan 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5cm), by 2 inches tall (5cm). As a matter of fact, I think it would be very difficult to make these without one, so I am going to call a springform pan “essential” equipment.
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    The items you could fill this with are almost endless. You could add soups and stews. How about a breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese? Stir fries would be excellent. I like to play about with the spices I add to the rice. For example, if I am doing a stir fry, I will add a bit of tamari to the rice before forming the bowl. Have fun and experiment.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Add 1 tablespoon butter to a saucepan with a lid and turn the heat to low.
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    When the butter melts, add the rice and stir until it begins to turn translucent, about 10 minutes. Do not allow it to brown.
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    Pour in the boiling chicken stock (you could substitute water), and cover.
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    Simmer, covered, on low until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is nice and tender, about 12 – 15 minutes.
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    Remove from the pot, spread out in a large bowl or sheet pan, and allow to completely cool, about 20 minutes.
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    While the rice is cooling coat the inside of the springform pan with the softened butter.
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    Toss in the breadcrumbs and shake until they evenly cover the bottom and sides of the pan. If you have any extra, just throw away.
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    Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
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    Place a rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425f (220c).
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    Whisk the egg, then add it and the parmesan cheese to the cooled rice and combine. Then, season with a bit of salt and pepper.
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    Remove the pan from the freezer and add a thin layer of rice to the bottom.
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    Using your hands, or a biscuit cutter as a support, build a wall up the sides of the pan, about 1/2 inch thick (1.3cm).
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    Chef’s Tip: Do not smash it into the pan, but firmly pack it.
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    Place in the oven, and bake until golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes.
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    Allow to rest for about 5 minutes before releasing from the springform pan.
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    Here is a look at it before filling with yummy stuff.
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  • So Yummy
    Fill with whatever suits your tastes. In this example, I filled it with my chicken pot pie filling. Then, I threw some shredded cheddar cheese on top, and stuck it under the broiler, until the cheese was bubbly. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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