Cheesey Breakfast Mochi
This is a tasty way to use up any mochi you have leftover from New Years. I stock up on brown rice mochi blocks on the rare occasions it is offered through my food co-op, and I usually have some kind of cheese and sandwich ham in the fridge.
Ingredients (1 serving)
1 block of brown rice mochi, diced
1 thin slice of ham or bacon, diced
1 thin slice of the cheese of your choice
olive oil or butter
toasted sesame seeds or crushed nori (optional)
(1) Put a teaspoon of olive oil and/or butter in a pre-heated non-stick frying pan . Scatter the diced mochi in the pan, trying to keep the bits separated from each other. Cook over medium-high heat for 20~30 seconds.
(2) When the bottoms of the diced mochi become puffy and crispy, turn the whole batch over with a pancake turner (it is no longer important to keep the pieces separate from each other). Scatter the diced ham into the pan where there is space. Cook some more for 10~20 seconds.
(3) When the other side of the mochi is puffy and crispy, and the ham is looking crispy at the edges, scoot them together in the middle of the pan and place the slice of cheese over the top. Turn off the heat and cover the pan.
(4) When the cheese has melted to your satisfaction, use the pancake turner to scoop the whole pile neatly onto a plate. Scatter crushed nori or toasted sesame seed over the top, and serve.
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