“Where are those little freaks!!” Bacon exclaimed while trudging through the streets. “They couldn’t have gone far!” Mushroom replied, as his eyes darted back and forth, scanning the windows of nearby buildings. “Uh guys… I think… That we’re surrounded.” Onion was right. In (NOT) Carbonara Town the spaghetti noodles were long and could be seen from a mile away. When that Poached Egg tried to trap them in between Country Toast it was pretty obvious what he was trying to do. And heck, who wouldn’t see 8 Eggs in a Loaded Frittata coming from over the hill?
Them Rice folk though… Totally different buggers… Camouflaged in their secret red ‘sauce’ and hidden underneath a blanket of gooey cheese – they got in real close before the BMO trio even caught a whiff of them. Small in size but fast and numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the BMO trio got swarmed before they knew it! With the clock ticking, they only had 20 minutes to get clear before the cheese melted and they got sealed in their eternal coffin. How were they going to get out of this hot box of trouble?
I promised a delicious 20 minute meal, and I am going to deliver! There are 4 tips required to speed up cooking though, so listen up!
- Pre-cooked rice. Cooking rice does take a long time. If you have leftover cooked rice, or a microwaveable rice pack from an Asian grocer, now’s the time to use it!
- BMO Trio – Can’t have an adventure without your trusty BMO trio nearby. Don’t have em yet? Get the recipe here.
- Frozen spinach – I usually have a bag of this in my freezer. No preservatives or additives. Just plain frozen spinach for easy cooking.
- Tomato Ketchup – SHOCK!! The horror! I hope you didn’t think that I was a health, “make everything from scratch” blog. As far as possible I do believe in real ingredients, and eating in moderation. But I also do enjoy modern conveniences, and the benefits some of them provide (such as clean running water, flushing toilets and soap). I will eventually want to share my thoughts on food, and the food environment we live in today. But for now, let’s get back to ketchup. So yes, I have ketchup at home to eat with food (and to cook with in this case). If you don’t believe in this blasphemous, high-fructose corn syrup laden product, feel free to use tomato puree or tomato paste.
That’s it! Now let’s get cooking!
Bacon Mushroom & Onion Baked Rice
Cheesy, gooey and savory in the best ways, spinach is added to my basic bacon, mushroom and onion mix (with a 'secret' sauce) for a mouth-watering baked rice.
- 8 tbsp BMO mix Refer to Bacon Mushroom and Onion mix recipe
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 6 cubes frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup pizza cheese mix
- 4 tbsp tomato ketchup or tomato puree with salt
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- salt and pepper season to taste
Turn on oven function to broiler, and allow to preheat while preparing rice.
In a medium to large pan or wok, fry BMO mix with rice, olive oil and frozen spinach over high heat until heated through. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
Mix ketchup with water in a bowl, and add to rice. Stir to combine thoroughly.
Taste and season as necessary with salt and black pepper.
Transfer rice mixture to a baking dish and cover generously with cheese.
Broil in oven, until cheese is completely melted and browned to liking. Approximately 8-10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
- I used tomato ketchup in this dish for its concentrated flavor. But you may substitute in tomato puree or tomato paste instead. Be sure to add salt and taste for seasoning after.
- Japanese short grain rice was used for my recipe. But you can use jasmine, basmati, or your favorite rice grain.
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