This ham and cheese baked rice is a wonderful example of a meal you can prepare anytime, even if you’re in a hurry. And don’t you worry – you don’t have to make the same dish every single day! This recipe is very versatile!
If you’re getting tired of ham, use leftover chicken instead. Or perhaps you’d prefer ground beef or turkey? Or just your favorite vegetables – it’s completely up to you.
Here’s what our friends over at Creole Contessa had to say about this baked rice casserole:
Did I mention lots of cheese? You guys all know how much I love cheese, and in this recipe we have mozzarella, cheddar, jack, and a little Parmesan!
Oh…don’t forget to top the casserole with a little extra ham and diced mozzarella!
Well, I certainly won’t forget – and, of course, you can use your favorite cheese for this wonderful casserole. I always add blue cheese when I’m making this with leftover chicken!
4 packs UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE®, Garlic and Butter
2 Eggland’s eggs, beaten
2 carrots, grated
2 cups diced black forest ham, reserve 1/2 cup for topping
2 cups Borden heavy cream
1 cup Kraft sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup jack cheese, grated
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup mozzarella, diced, reserve half for topping
1 teaspoon creole seasoning or seasoned salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon McCormick onion powder
1 teaspoon McCormick garlic powder
1 teaspoon McCormick chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano, dried, crushed
1/2 cup green onions,
diced parsley and extra green onions to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13X9 inch casserole dish.
Mix seasoning blend together and set aside.
Cook UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE® according to package directions.
Beat eggs and cream and mix with 1/2 of the spice blend.
Remove UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE® from packaging and place into a large bowl.
Top UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE® with remaining seasonings, cream/egg mixture, grated carrots, ham, cheese, and green onions, mix well and place into casserole dish.
Top with remaining ham, diced mozzarella and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Broil for 5 minutes more and garnish with green onions and chopped parsley.
Allow dish to set up for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Quick tip: If you have leftover chicken or veggies, they’ll be perfect for this casserole.
Thank you to Creole Contessa for this delicious recipe!