Wild Rice & Zucchini Bake

You know when you catch yourself buying some interesting-looking wild rice and then months later wonder what you’re ever going to do with it?  Well this is the perfect recipe for you! I was first introduced to it over lunch with a friend, who’d used regular white long-grain rice, but I think the nuttier texture of wild or even brown rice really lends itself here, adding a certain depth. The cooking time will, of course, vary depending on which rice you use (brown taking longer than either wild or white), so you’ll just have to test it with a knife to be on the safe side. Essentially there’s a nice alchemy going on, in that the rice cooks in the moisture provided by the zucchini, or courgettes as we Brits know them.

Like most of the recipes I put up here, it’s deceptively easy but other people will think you’ve gone to extraordinary lengths. It’s a healthy vegetarian dish that makes for a lovely light lunch. Serve with a salad and maybe some bread. I’d always recommend a glass of wine, but I've probably been living in France too long.

Ready for the oven
Ready for the oven

To serve four people, you will need:

2 zucchini (courgettes)

2 eggs

¾ cup (150 ml) wild rice – or any other kind for that matter

About three heaped tablespoons of any grated hard cheese, eg. Cheddar, Mimolette etc.

Salt and pepper

One loaf tin (mine is 8 ½ x 4 ½ inches / 11 ½ x 22 cm)

Here's one I made earlier
Here's one I made earlier

Here's what you do:

1. Turn your oven on to 200 degrees centigrade, 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a mixing bowl large enough for all ingredients, lightly beat the eggs.

3. Grate the zucchini and then add to the eggs.

4. Add the grated cheese, rice and seasoning and stir well.

5. Pour into the tin and bake for around 35 minutes, depending on the rice you use. The last time I made it I used a mixture of brown and Camargue rice, and it needed about 45 minutes – but my oven’s pretty dodgy, too.

And that’s it, just slice into healthy-sized portions and serve with the salad or vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Riviera Rose...Voted this way because:

Voted UP, for it needs to be promoted;

Useful, for it helps me to learn how to make good food

Awesome for it is...awesome dish. Love rice

Beautiful, for the display of dishes were excellent

Funny, for I find myself hungry as a wolf right now

Interesting, at how a hubber can capture a subject like wild rice with such flair and ease like you have. Glad to have read this and more glad that YOU are my friend and follower. Kenneth


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Kenneth, you're too kind!! Thank you for your lovely comment - I hope you get to try this dish out some time, and that you enjoy it as much as I do!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dearest Riviera Rose,

you are welcome, my dear friend, but I deal in the truth. And above comment I made...IS the truth. In every way. Just keep up the great writing. I will pay you a surprise visit one day and see how you are doing. Okay? Thanks again for being a special friend and follower. May you and yours have a Very Merry Christmas.

Kenneth

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