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Cauliflower Rice-otto

Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

I had 2 cups of leftover rice and a cup of chopped cauliflower to use as a side dish for dinner.  My P.S. was grilling some spice rubbed pork chops that had been marinating in a new spice rub and we needed a simple veg and carb side to accompany the chops.  Dessert was going to be a new strawberry lime shortcake.  Time to create!

I had chopped the cauliflower and put it into a large saucepan with a little oil and 2 tablespoons butter and sautéed it for 3-4 minutes.  I added some salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Saute cauliflower with butter in a saucepan until soft

Sauté cauliflower with butter in a saucepan until soft

My cauliflower wanted to burn fast since I had the heat on medium high.  I turned it down to medium and added 1/2 cup of water to deglaze the pan and let the cauliflower simmer for 3-4 minutes more.  I wanted the cauliflower to almost fall apart.

Add water and simmer a few more minutes

Add water and simmer a few more minutes

When the cauliflower was soft I used the potato masher and pressed down on it to further reduce the size of the pieces.  I stirred in the 2 cups of rice and made sure it didn’t have any large lumps by using the potato masher on the mixture again.

Stir in rice and cheeses until no large lumps of white rice remain

Stir in rice and cheeses until no large lumps of white rice remain

I stirred in 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan and 1/2 cup of shredded Swiss cheese, making sure it was fully mixed with the rice and cauliflower.

Add milk and stir until heated through and cheese has melted

Add milk and stir until heated through and cheese has melted

My mixture was a bit dry so I added 1/2 cup of milk and stirred well again.  I let it cook for a couple of minutes until the cheeses had melted, stirring often to prevent the cheese from burning on the bottom.  I taste tested for seasoning and it was perfect.  Delicious!

Cauliflower Rice-otto

Cauliflower Rice-otto

Our pork chops were done and resting off the grill and I served up our meals.  The rice really was good, almost like a risotto with the creamy, cheesy texture.  Much quicker than a risotto, using leftovers, it was a definite success.  I’ve made the cauliflower rice dish where the cauliflower is made to substitute for the rice.  To differentiate that recipe from this one, I needed a new name.  Cauliflower Rice-otto fit!

Cauliflower Rice-otto

Cauliflower Rice-otto

I loved the flavors of the dish.  The cauliflower taste wasn’t super strong, it was mellowed quite a bit by the rice and cheeses.  It might be a great way to slide more vegetables into kids’ diets!

Cauliflower Rice-otto

1 cup cauliflower; finely diced
2 tablespoons butter
drizzle of oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup water
2 cups cooked rice; cold
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
1/2 cup shredded Swiss
1/2 cup milk

Sauté cauliflower in a little oil and two tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.  When cauliflower is softened, add water and scrape bottom of pan to deglaze.  Simmer for several minutes.

Add rice and stir well, breaking up any lumps of rice that remain.  Stir in cheeses and milk and cook 3-4 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Stir often to avoid burning onto the bottom of the pan.  Taste test for salt and pepper and serve hot.

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