I had some feedback from a couple people regarding my congee post, so I thought I would add to it. One of my friends aptly pointed out that I failed to give instructions on how to make congee if you do not possess a slow cooker. SO, I thought I should post on how to make congee on the stove top. A slow cooker is not necessary to make congee; I just love my slow cooker and use it because it makes my life easier.
Instead of using a slow cooker, grab a big soup pot. Boil the rice and water (fill up the pot and leave some space so it won’t boil over) and once the water is boiling, throw in the ingredients. Turn down the heat to a medium level and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Also, this recipe is easy to adapt for other sorts of congee. If you like chicken, take some chicken pieces (doesn’t matter what cuts, congee is good for using up cheap cuts) and throw in some ginger root as well. If you like beef, you can use that instead. And if you like a bit of spice, add some pepper. (Thank you to my sister for mentioning chicken congee). Fish congee is easy too: once the rice is done cooking, add pieces of fish fillet near the end (it doesn’t take long to cook fish) and flavour with some ginger and green onion. If you had turkey, take the leftovers and use that (my favourite to have after Thanksgiving).
I hope that gives you some ideas to play with if you’re contemplating making congee. It’s very easy to make: please let me know how it turns out if you do make some!