You don't know what to do with leftover rice? I have an idea for you! This leftover rice casserole is perfect to repurpose the previously cooked rice left in the fridge. It's creamy, cheesy, and so delicious!
Thinking about what to make with leftover rice? Don't worry! I've got you covered! This delicious leftover rice casserole is so good that you'll find yourself cooking extra rice on purpose!
At my house, we all love rice, and because I cook it so often, it's very common to have leftovers in the fridge. For this reason, I decided to post this delicious leftover rice casserole. Now, you can have a great recipe to make any time you have some cooked rice hanging around in your fridge.
Ingredients and substitutions
*All quantities are specified in the recipe card, down in this post.
- Cooked rice: Pre-cooked, old rice works wonderfully in this recipe. Freshly cooked rice might become a little too sticky. If you didn't season your rice when you first cooked it, you might want to be generous when seasoning this recipe.
- Cream cheese: It's going to help with flavor and creaminess.
- Milk: Any kind of milk.
- Eggs: To help bind it all together.
- Mustard: Regular or dijon to add flavor.
- Ham: I used ham, but you can use chicken, turkey, sausage, or any deli or leftover meat you'd like. You can also skip the meat altogether and make it vegetarian.
- Cheese: I used Mozzarella, but Colby, Monterrey Jack, and cheddar are also good options.
- Vegetables: I used tomato, carrot, and corn, but you could use other pre-cooked vegetables like peas, potatoes, asparagus, etc.
- Parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper: To make it even tastier.
How to make
Making this leftover rice casserole is very simple. Here's the step-by-step to guide you.
This recipe is very versatile. As long as your protein and vegetables have been cooked (or it's fine to eat them raw), you can add them here.
Leftover after Easter: If you make this after Easter, you won't even need to buy ham from your Deli section. Just use the leftover ham from Easter, and you'll save time and money.
Leftover after Thanksgiving: Swap the ham in this recipe for leftover turkey from the day before.
Leftover after Christmas: This rice is perfect to make after Christmas, as you can use the leftover ham, chicken, or turkey that you'll probably have.
Leftover protein from any meal: Since this recipe is highly customizable, you can simply add any protein left from your previous meal. Beef, chicken, pork, sausage, etc... They all taste great in this rice.
Absolutely! You don't need to have meat in this dish. You can add just vegetables if you prefer. Be creative and have fun with it!
This will depend on how old is your rice and protein (if added). If it's just a day old, it should be okay to keep this dish in the fridge for about 3 days. Although I doubt it would last that long! Just make sure to keep the rice refrigerated.
Leftover rice is preferred, but it should be okay to use freshly cooked 'instant rice' (the one that comes in a box). This one doesn't create as much starch after being cooked.
If you intend to cook regular rice and utilize it in this recipe right away, beware that it might get gummed or super sticky.
Oh, and did you know it's actually good to eat day-old rice? Find the benefits of it in this article.
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Leftover Rice Casserole
For the cream
- 8 oz cream cheese (225 grams)
- 7 oz milk (200 ml)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon mustard (dijon or regular)
- salt and pepper to taste
To combine with the rice
- 5 cups cooked rice
- 7 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese (200 grams)
- 4 oz ham (cut into strips) (100 grams)
- 7 oz canned corn (200 grams)
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 tomato, diced
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- 4 oz Mozzarella cheese (100 grams)
- oregano, to taste
- Place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it for about 30 seconds, or until easy to stir. Stir it until creamy.
- Add the milk, egg, egg yolk, mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix everything until the mixture is homogeneous.
- In a separate bowl, add cooked rice. Then add cheese, ham, vegetables, and parsley. Stir everything.
- Add the prepared cream to the rice mixture and stir until all the rice is coated.
- Transfer the rice mixture to a 13"x9" (32x22cm) greased baking dish and cover it with cheese and oregano. Bake it at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 20 minutes, or until the food is hot and the cheese is melted.
- You could add more mustard if you would like to have a more pronounced mustard flavor in this dish.
*All nutritional information above is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Nutritional content may vary according to brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, substitutions, optional ingredients, etc...
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