Monday, March 30, 2009

Savory Rice Casserole

My husband is a rice man. He loves rice and can eat it three times a day. The homegirlz are rice girls. If they know there's left over rice in the fridge, they will ask for rice and eggs, yes I know, it's gross but not lethal. Rice is ok, but I'm a pasta girl. I just like it for lunch or dinner, I wouldn't eat with eggs for breakfast - ever! So you see, I'm the odd person out.


To keep a somewhat even balance in our home I have to cook rice as a side dish occasionally. I came up with this easy and VERY tasty side dish. Spinach or broccoli can easily be added to adapt this dish to your taste.


Cook 3 cups of white white and allow to cool slightly.


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.


Melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted, saute 1 onion chopped and 1/2 green bell pepper chopped. Season the onions and peppers with cayenne pepper. Add in 2 cloves of minced garlic and 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomato pesto. Stir to combine and remove from heat.




In a large bowl, whisk 2 eggs and 1 cup of milk. Add cooked rice and 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Stir to combine. Fold in the onion mixture and turn into prepared casserole dish.





Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!



40 comments:

Tammy said...

Oh my that is a purdy dish of rice!

I'm like you, I would rather have pasta but will take rice in a pinch!
;D

Netts Nook said...

Katerine: This looks great I will for sure need to make it since I have left over rice GREAT IDEA.

5 Star Foodie said...

This rice sounds really delicious with sun-dried tomato pesto and cheese! Yum!

Steph said...

I love rice too! Eggs and rice isn't weird. I do that too, plus a little soy sauce..yum!

onlinepastrychef said...

Well, hello, rice casserole! I love rice and pasta equally--starches, in general, are my friends:)

I decide which I'm going to eat based on how impatient I am to eat--brown rice takes 50 minutes; pasta takes, well, a lot less. If I'm starving, I go for the pasta. If I'm feeling righteous and capable of waiting, I'll make the rice!

Marywin said...

Visiting from SITS - love your blog.

April said...

My family is really not a rice family, but this looks delicious! I may have to try to convert the family!

Marjie said...

I prefer rice myself, if I eat starch. I could keep a nice pot of rice pudding in the fridge all the time and just pick at it whenever the urge strikes. No, I couldn't, because then I'd have a butt the size of a toyota.

Kathy said...

Wow, the sun-dried tomato pesto sound really interesting! This kind of seems close to Spanish rice. I'm definitely gonna give this a try! Thanks for sharing!!!

gigi said...

Now that's what I call rice!! We don't eat much white rice. We both love it but it just doesn't get cooked very often. If I cooked it like this we'd all be HAPPY!

Now you tell us all what your favorite song is???

Half Baked said...

That looks like some mighty tasty rice;)

Kara said...

This looks like a wonderful way to use leftover rice! My whole family likes rice, so I'll have to try it.

Cheryl said...

OH MY GOSH, I am a rice girl and always looking for new recipes, I am making this one ASAP! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Donna-FFW said...

That looks ultra delicious, Katherine!! My kids would be all over that! GREAT side dish, would go with so many thigs!!

Pam said...

This looks comforting and delicious - yum!

burpandslurp said...

cheese-baked rice! these are actually very popular here in singapore. but I like pasta way better, too! nicer texture, and more fun to eat!

Elra said...

I am the same way, I can eat rice three time a day too. Only if the rice sound as good as your rice casserole.
Cheers,
elra

JANE said...

I am a proud RICE girl too!! In fact, tomorrow is my b-day and since we aren't going out to celebrate until the weekend, I'm fixing fried chicken with RICE and gravy!! Can't wait!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Now I've got to make this. Ben is a rice fanatic. He could eat boxes a day!

Greg C said...

I am not getting the pictures at the moment but it sounds good. We are rice, potato and pasta people. We don't care as long as you put lots of calories on it.

Cathy said...

Oooh! I love rice (I love pasta too, though!) and I know that I would love this. And so would my kids -- no small feat!

Bridgett said...

This is definitely my kind of rice dish! I would eat this over plain rice any day, although my daughter loves plain rice with corn. Weird! ha ha.

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a PEFECT side dish!!

Maria said...

The casserole looks very tasty. I am a rice fan!

Nurit said...

I love rice too but don't cook it ofetn. This sound delicious!

tamilyn said...

I'm not a big rice fan either, but if you dress it up with some cheese, I might just go there!

A. and M. said...

Hi there you just gave me a graet idea for my next dinner with friends.
Love rice. IM gonna follow your site.

GRAZIE

Reeni♥ said...

I choose rice over pasta, usually, but if this was the rice dish I would have to go with this. It looks absolutely delicious!

Lynda said...

This sounds like a really delicious rice dish!I'm always looking for other ways to use rice as I tend to get in a rut. Thanks for posting this one!

jenjen said...

Mmmm, that dish looks delicious. I think it would go over great at our house.

Thanks for the recipe!

XOXO
Jen

Claudia said...

I just bookmarked this. My husband adores rice and my daughter's boyfriend (a frequent diner here) does also. If I had a pepper in the house, I'd cook up a batch right now.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful! I love sun-dried tomato pesto!

Debbie said...

Great rice dish! I am a pasta person for sure...my son loves rice and could eat it everyday..Katherine I made your chicken dish with Knorr's leek soup and it was delicious! I am going to post it...Thanks for a great recipe!

Not Another Omnivore said...

This is an awesome recipe! I'm sure it could somehow be made vegan, and if a TON of spinach found itself in there...whew! Count me in!

NAOmni

Priscilla said...

I love rice and this dish looks so good. I love the addition of eggs in it.

MaryBeth said...

This looks wonderful, we love rice and this sounds great!

Selba said...

It looks so delicious!

Btw, I have an award for you in my blog ;)

Clare said...

what an ultra yummy dish. Coming over from the SITS site that I just joined. Im looking for new friends and followers. I love country and want to live in Nashville one day. My favorite ever place that I have visited since living in the US

Pam said...

Oh, I'm a rice girl too! This sounds great!

lagirl said...

That's exactly as it is in my house - dh & Princess are "rice" - I'm totally pasta. The only exception is the fact that I like rice for breakfast, which they think is gross.