Tuesday, 17 March 2020

#KitchenClearout recipe : Cheeseburger rice

Hands up if you're panicking about being in lockdown with Coronavirus measures and/or not being able to buy anything much from supermarkets ! Well, stay calm ! We can do this ! We've been pretty much in lockdown here since yesterday (we are allowed to go out for food shopping, but that's pretty much it !) and I've had a good stock-take of what's already in the house, that could do with using up. Look out for some upcoming blogposts using all manner of weird and wonderful things in experimental baking projects over the next few weeks ! I've been looking for new ways of using store cupboard staples too, and this dish was inspired by the original Cheeseburger Rice recipe from Goya. I've adapted it to suit what we have available here, but feel free to adapt it even further, if you have extra veggies in the fridge or some favourite spices that you want to incorporate.

Cheeseburger rice

ingredients :

glug of olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 onion, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
500g minced beef
tin of chopped tomatoes 
salt, pepper
1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
good shake of Italian seasoning or similar (optional)
cooked rice (or you could use cooked Ebly or cooked pasta instead)
grated cheddar cheese

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Gently fry the garlic, onions and mushrooms for a couple of minutes, then add the minced beef. (If I made this again, I'd add some extra veggies in here - maybe some red peppers, sweetcorn and/or courgettes?) Cook, constantly stirring, until the beef is cooked through. Drain off any excess juice.

Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and season with the salt, pepper and herbs/spices. 

Stir through the cooked rice (ebly/pasta/whatever leftovers you have !) and cook for a further five minutes, stirring frequently. When it's all nice and hot, sprinkle over some grated cheese (I left one area cheese-free as Pierre doesn't like it) then turn off the heat and wait for the cheese to melt. (If the cheese refuses to melt, like ours did, pop it under the grill for a few minutes !)

Serve, on its own or with a side salad. 

This was wolfed down by the kids, who declared it absolutely delicious. As a grown-up, I thought it was OK, but I'd have added more veg to it, including red peppers, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, maybe some courgettes … but then I'm sure the kids wouldn't have liked it so much !

*** Sounds like the perfect time for bringing back the #KitchenClearout linky ! If you've been using up any odds and ends from your cupboards, looking for ways of reusing leftovers or just digging out things that have lurking at the back of the cupboard for way too long, share your posts here ! It would be great if you could add my badge and a link back for others to join in too :) ***

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  1. Definitely a dish I could work with as it's so versatile. Maybe we need Kitchen Clearout to come back for the duration of the crisis as we are all going to be looking for ideas for storecupboard meals

    1. Great idea - I've added a linky in the post above :)

  2. I think I will have to give this a try. It sounds and looks like something my family would love! I would want to add peppers and sweetcorn to it too x

    1. It's great - you could add so many different things to it. Maybe even red kidney beans and chilli :)

  3. Glad you're bringing back the KitchenClearout linky, I missed it. I like the sound of this recipe, though I would have to skip mushrooms as my kids do not eat them sadly. Will try to join in with the linky, as I'd have to experiment with what we have at home too.

    1. It was Jane who booted me up the bum about starting the linky again ! lol

  4. Glad to see the kitchen clearout back. Love this but sadly I have no rice in the cupboard :( Finding it difficult to source.

    1. It's funny, the things that are hard to get. Flour is scarce here - I did manage to grab a bag last week, but it was the first time in about a month !


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