Time: 1 hour (approx)
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups water to soak rice
2 cups water to cook rice
4-5 large zucchini flowers
4 large leaves of Swiss Chard, washed & stems cut off
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
1 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper to taste
Soak rice in water for approximately 30 minutes, then strain. Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil and add rice, reducing heat to medium. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until water has evaporated. While rice is cooking, heat oven to 425o. Wash the zucchini flowers and swiss chard leaves, cutting off the stems. Grease a large round or square baking dish (I prefer to use glass or ceramic instead of stainless steel) with the 1 tbsp butter.
Line the baking dish with the swiss chard leaves so that part of them are hanging over the edge. Spread the rice over the swiss chard and pat it down with you palms, then close the leaves over the rice pressing down firmly. Lay the zucchini flowers over the top and sprinkle with grated cheese, salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is browned and crisp.
Great served with your favorite meat or fish dish, or on its own with a salad !