Greens are a common side dish in a Southern home. Sometimes though, you just make too many. What do you do with the leftovers? Greens are something that is good once in a while, but day after day can get a little old. So I've come up with this wonderful little side dish that changes things up a bit. Dixie Rice is the perfect way to use up those leftover greens, without making them feel at all like leftovers. And if you don't have any extras, It's okay. Just make it using canned greens, instead.
A little something about greens is that there are so many different types: mustard, collard, turnip, or even spinach. The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any of them, or a combination of them - whatever suits your tastes. The only important thing is that they are seasoned well. So, if you're using the canned variety, don't skimp. Make sure you get a good flavored brand.
- 2 cups (or 2 cans) pre-seasoned and cooked Greens, cooled and drained
- 2 cups Minute Rice
- 2 cups Water
- 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
- 1 Tbs Butter (or Margarine)
- 1 cup Ricotta or Cottage Cheese (your choice)
- 1 Egg, beaten
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray, and set it to the side.
While the greens are draining, bring your water and chicken bouillon to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and add your rice and butter. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.
As you rice finishes up, turn your greens out onto a tea towel (or clean, lint free paper towels). Wrap up the greens and tightly squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can. When your done, the greens should be around the size of a baseball or softball.
Chop the greens (bacon, turnips and all) into small pieces. Run your knife through the greens in 5 or 6 slices, give it a 1/4 turn and slice it 5 or 6 more times.
In a medium bowl add the cooked rice, chopped greens, ricotta (or cottage cheese), and egg. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Level out the top, and bake uncovered, in the preheated 375 degree oven until it bubbles on the sides (about 30 minutes).