Leftover Rice Muffins

Leftover Rice Muffins

Leftover rice muffins are a versatile and easy to make finger food, ideal for school lunches, a grab n’go summer picnic item or as an unique appetizer for party guests.

These simple yet tasty leftover rice muffins are loaded with creamy mozzarella cheese, chopped Italian prosciutto, homemade black olive tapenade and earthy oregano.

Leftover Rice Muffins

On Sundays, I usually make a large batch of rice or quinoa for the week then just add a variety of condiments on a day by day basis.

On this particular night during dinner prep, (after having realized that the quantity of rice I had made exceeded the ratio of sauteed veggies for my risotto) I set some rice aside and stored it in the fridge for a later date…and then forgot about it for a few days!

Any attempt to waste less food is a priority of mine so when I discovered the rice in the fridge after a few days I decided to whip up with this recipe, which is loosely based on my recipe for Quinoa Pizza Muffins.

Leftover Rice Muffins

My kids loved these! I kept the recipe simple by adding a few of their favourite ingredients and upsold the ‘finger food’ factor. They devoured them! Besides being healthy and tasty, they hold together really well and are fun to eat (even for moms and dads!).

Leftover Rice Muffins

The condiment variations are endless! Combine any of your favourite ingredients such as tomato sauce, diced cherry tomatoes, black or green olives, scallions, fresh basil or parsley, chopped chicken, smoked salmon, feta or goat cheese, mushrooms, broccoli n’ cheddar, the list goes on.

Leftover Rice Muffins

Leftover Rice Muffins

2015-07-03
: 12 muffins
: 5 min
: 15-20 min

Leftover rice muffins are a versatile and easy to make finger food, ideal for school lunches, a grab n’go summer picnic item or as an unique appetizer for party guests. These simple yet tasty leftover rice muffins are loaded with creamy mozzarella cheese, chopped Italian prosciutto, homemade black olive tapenade and earthy oregano. On Sundays, I …

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Ingredients
    2 cups cooked arborio rice
  • 1 large organic egg + 1 egg white, whisked
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tbs. black olive tapenade
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt and black pepper
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. When mixed together the rice should be sticky but not too wet. Arborio rice is the best option since it maintains it’s density and stickiness, as opposed to long grain or brown rice which might overcook and dry out easily when cooked twice.

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and spray generously with cooking spray. Dollop 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture into each cup, filling the paper liner almost to the top. Pat the rice down with the back of the spoon so it’s unform and slightly compacted.

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Cook for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of each muffin comes out clean. The muffins will seem somewhat wet from the melted cheese but should be firm and spongy to the touch.

Leftover Rice Muffins

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5-7 minutes before removing the paper liners. If they are too hot the rice will stick to the paper while you remove it! Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Leftover Rice Muffins

43 thoughts on “Leftover Rice Muffins”

  • Instead of a paper liner, use supermarket bought Greek filo dough to line the cupcake pan or a ramekin. It adds a crispy addition to the rice. First use an oil spray or thin coat of butter to grease the pan.

  • fariha n. 4 years ago

    These look so yummy! I never would have thought of making muffins out of rice. Great idea!

  • Weekends With Winter 4 years ago

    What an easy looking recipe. These would be great as an appetizer at a party!

    • It is very easy to prepare! I’m going to make them for a dinner party but I’ll add some more gourmet-like ingredients, such as Brie cheese, pesto, etc.

  • Terri Lynn Grothe 4 years ago

    Such a great idea, I had no idea you could do any such thing, I am going got try this out

  • What a great idea! I never would’ve thought to do that with the leftover rice but it’s perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • These look so good. I want some shrimp now. 🙂

  • Erin Shebish 4 years ago

    Oh yummy!! I could definitely see myself making this. I always make too much rice and then make the old standby, fried rice. lol. This will be a nice change!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms 4 years ago

    Omg these are great! I’m one of those people who always cooks wayyy too much rice and pasta. I need to try this next time with my leftover rice!

  • Lynn Dee 4 years ago

    Rice is a part of my everyday meal and I can’t last a day without it. But I certainly had no clue that I could make muffins out of it. Brilliant! I will make this soon!

  • mail4rosey 4 years ago

    I like that they have a little cheese in them too. These would be a great treat for the kiddos, I’m thinking even for afterschool!

  • I love rice, but never cooked it like this before. I think this is an awesome use of left overs!

  • kickingitwithkelly 4 years ago

    I have a huge love for rice and never know what to do with my leftovers. This is the perfect solution for me!

  • chubskulit 4 years ago

    Ha, that’s a great idea. I usually make fried rice out of left over rice but never thought of making a muffin.

    http://www.spice-up-your-life.net/

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com 4 years ago

    Wow these look great! I would love to make these, I bet my kids would love them. Lots of rice lovers in my house!

  • I would gladly have several of those! 😉 I do like the quinoa idea too. How fun!

  • Omg those muffins look so good! Never really thought of doing this. You’re a one creative woman!

  • Mykidsguide 4 years ago

    This looks good. We eat rice on a daily basis and I usually make garlic rice or fried rice with our leftovers. This is a new way to serve left over rice. Thanks!

  • Desirae Young 4 years ago

    Those look delicious! I have to say, I would have never thought to make rice muffins.

  • Jenni E. 4 years ago

    This is an awesome idea. Never would have thought about doing that before and I never know what to do with leftover rice. FUN!

  • Chantal Bernard 4 years ago

    What a cool idea! I have never heard of anything like this! Thanks so much for sharing this, what a great way to reduce waste and make something new!

  • Christy Maurer 4 years ago

    I never know what to do with leftover rice. These look amazing! Much better than just trying to reheat it lol.

  • Melissa Pezza 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this great idea! We always have leftover rice, and this is a complete meal in a cute little package.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle 4 years ago

    This is the best idea I’ve seen in a while. We always have leftover rice, and I never know what to do with it!

  • Cherri Littleton Megasko 4 years ago

    These have my name written all over them … all the way down to the olive tapenade! I love transforming leftovers. This will definitely find it’s way into my repertoire!

  • Jeannette 4 years ago

    These look so good! I’ve always thrown out our leftover rice when I make it but I won’t make that mistake again! Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin Rue 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I love you so much. I definitely cannot wait to make these for my family. They will love them.

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