Italian Fried “Pizza” Rice

DSC03396-001 Or how to sneak some veg into your picky Team. I like to keep a jar of cooked Organic Jasmine Rice in my fridge for quick side dishes like Rice Pilaf, Rice Pudding, Stir-Fried Rice, Hash, etc. It’s a nice Gluten-free option in place of pasta or other wheat based starches that I am steering my kids away from indulging in so often. Even as a paleo, I occasionally allow myself 1 portion of rice, especially on a hard workout day, but can more often be found chowing down some Cauli-rice. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover veggies from the week. A kind of hash in itself really. This dish reminds me of the Rice Balls that you see in the shops at the North End in Boston, and what I based my non-deep-fried Italian Rice Cakes. Rice Balls are made with cheese, bits of meat or veggie, breaded and deep fried- so good! So this is basically Rice Balls deconstructed but has all the flavors of our favorite pizza.


Italian Fried Rice
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4-6
A great way to use up leftovers in an Italian/Asian fusion style dish
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups cooked Organic Jasmine Rice
  • ¼ cup diced un-cured pepperoni, salami, Italian Sausage, or sopressata
  • ¼- 1/2 cup leftover diced veggies, I used onions and red peppers
  • garlic salt, I used Penzeys Sandwich Sprinkle
  • black pepper
  • Italian Seasonings like basil and oregano, I used Penzeys Tuscan Sunset
  • 1 Tbls. Parmesan cheese
  1. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, heat oil.
  2. When the oil is hot add the rice, pepperoni, and veggies. Stir fry, then let cook stirring occasionally until the rice has golden crispy parts.
  3. While this is cooking, season with garlic salt, pepper, and Italian Seasonings to taste. You may use fresh herbs and garlic if you have it, either way.
  4. When the rice is to your satisfaction, we like it with crispy parts, remove from heat to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the cheese.
This is a use what you have recipe. Want more meat, add it. Want more veg, add it. Get creative. This has all the flavors of your favorite pizza!


One Comment

  1. Coconut
    Posted August 31, 2013 at 1:41 AM | Permalink

    What a smart way to get your kids to eat their veggies. 🙂

    Many years ago, when I used to do the majority of my cooking in a wok, I made something similar. (I miss the giant bamboo basket for steaming that came with it.)

    I got it in a store in Chinatown, back with I lived in NYC.

    You’ve inspired me to go look for a replacement online. Thanks!

    I’ve got a wok-like skillet, so all I need is the steamer, and there many over on Amazon. 😀

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