Why I Make This Twice A Week (And Maybe You Should, Too!)

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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!

 

Ingredients

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

 

Instructions

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!

13 Comments

  1. Allison says

    If she likes following healthy lifestyle, THIS is not for her. Pizza is definitely better. This has enough fat and sodium for a week, in one meal.. No way, and twice a week? Never!

    1. Ardy (Ardith) Pifer says

      I took one look and said too much sodium and too much fat. NOT healthy.

  2. Pat Stewar says

    Directions for prep confusing. It says to cook the rice according to package instructions. Then beat eggs, cream and half of the spices. Then it says remove the rice from the package and place in large bowl. Top rice with remaining seasonings, cream/egg mixture, carrots, ham, cheese, onions and place in casserole dish.

    Do I cook the rice or not according to package directions? Before putting in the oven to bake 30 minutes?

  3. Donna says

    I don’t think this recipe will do a thing of your friends healthy lifestyle. Cheese, cheese and more chees!

  4. Jacquie says

    I love cheese as much as the next person, but 4 cups of cheese is a little excessive in any recipe and FAR from healthy cooking.

  5. lennie says

    How much rice? I prefer to make the regular not the instant type. Thanks so much. L

  6. Monica says

    I don’t know about how healthy this would be with all that cheese, heavy cream and ham. Whew! My arteries are clogging up as I type this. I’ll say this though, it sounds delicious.

  7. Sue says

    FAT BOMB.

  8. Mike Scotty says

    The recipe sounds like a commercial for Brands

  9. Candy says

    Recipe a little confusing to me. First it said to cook rice according to package. Then 2 steps down it said to remove the rice from package and place in a large bowl. So do we cook the rice first or not? Would love to try this, but don’t want to ruin it.

    1. Sandy says

      The rice is probably ready to cook in a boiling bag. Thus precooking it in the bag and then removing it from the package to use in the recipe.

  10. shailini sisodia says

    hmn, are you trying to give your friend a heart attack?? It will be at least 8 servings, but still – all that cheese , heavy cream etc etc! You can substitute at least one cup of the cream with low fat evaporated milk, for example

    1. Jessica Faidley says

      Well, we are at odds…

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