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Kid friendly Greek Fried Rice patties with vegetables

Kid friendly Greek Fried Rice patties with vegetables

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These kid friendly Greek Fried Rice patties with vegetables is a great way to use vegetables which kids usually don’t like to eat.

I made these patties when I had some leftover cooked rice from the previous day, so I added some grated vegetables and feta, eggs, salt and pepper. as well as some aromatic Greek herbs.

You can also add some dill, fennel fronds, chervil or other herbs of your choice.

These rice patties were inspired by older recipes of mine without the vegetables.

Preparation

Grate the zucchini. Put it in a strainer with some salt and let it sit for 15 minutes. Squeeze out all the water and put it in a bowl.

Cut the eggplant into 1 cm slices, brush with olive oil and bake in a preheated oven until soft. You can also fry the eggplant and leave it on kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.

Add the grated onion, carrot, finely chopped eggplant and finely chopped bell peppers.

Add the herbs, salt and pepper, crumbled feta and eggs.

Finally add the cooked rice and stir until everything is well combined.

Refrigerate for half an hour.

Using your hands, form the cakes into patties. If you don’t want to use your hands, you can use a measuring cup of a scoop to shape your patties. You can make them big or small, it’s really your preference!

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chilled rice patties and cook for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Gently flip patties and cook on the other side as well.

(A nonstick pan is good for this purpose but cast iron can work well, too.)

Working in batches if necessary, and adding more olive oil as needed.

TECHNIQUE TIP: 

A box grater (or food processor) can be used for your vegetables. However, grate the zucchini separately, in order to remove excess water, otherwise you will need to add some flour to bind them together. Also, refrigerating the patties for at least 30 minutes will help them bind together and prevent them from falling apart while cooking.

This is another one of those completely versatile recipes where you can swap the veggies and cheese for your favorite kind.

Serve with Greek Tzatziki or feta dip.

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Kid friendly Greek Rice Patties with Vegetables

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 250 grams zucchini, grated
  • 200 grams carrots, peeled and grated
  • 100 grams bell peppers (various colours) finely chopped
  • 1 large eggplant, cut into slices, baked or fried and then finely chopped
  • 2 cups boiled rice
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grams crumbled feta
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra virgin olive for frying

Instructions

  1. Grate the zucchini. Put it in a strainer with some salt and let it sit for 15 minutes. Squeeze out all the water and put it in a bowl.
  2. Cut the eggplant into 1 cm slices, brush with olive oil and bake in a preheated oven until soft. You can also fry the eggplant and leave it on kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
  3. Add the grated onion, carrot, finely chopped eggplant and finely chopped bell peppers.
  4. Add the herbs, salt and pepper, crumbled feta and eggs.
  5. Finally add the cooked rice and stir until everything is well combined.
  6. Refrigerate for half an hour.
  7. Using your hands, form the cakes into patties. You can make them big or small, it's really your preference!
  8. Heat some olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the chilled rice patties and cook for 3-5 minutes, until they are golden brown. Gently flip patties and cook on the other side as well.
  10. Serve with tzatziki or feta dip.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 123Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 38mgSodium 147mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 4g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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