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Festive Rice Casserole

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Ingredients

  •  Sliced Mushroom
  •  Minced Onion
  •  Slivered Almonds
  •  Cheddar Cheese
  •  Long Grain Rice
  •  Ground Black Pepper
  •  Beef Bouilion
  •  Soy Sauce
  •  Parsley
  •  Pimento
  •  Salt

Festive Rice Casserole

A cheesy rice casserole that's a perfect side dish or an economical main meal.

1 hour

Serves: 4-6

Easy

Lots of pantry staples come together quickly and easily to create a side dish that's a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Festive Rice Casserole Ingredients

Festive Rice Casserole is definitely a classic, vintage casserole recipe but boy is it good! It’s warm, cozy and cheesy! With rice being the main ingredient, it’s a great side dish and is gluten free. By swapping out the beef bouillon with veggie broth, you could easily make this vegetarian as well. The slivered almonds also add a great crunch that keeps you going back for another bite. There’s a little bit of prep work (nothing difficult) but then it goes for a long cook in the oven giving you time to work on the rest of your meal. Or, you could serve this with a side salad and have a whole meal with not much else to do.

In the steps below I describe just how Grandma would make this casserole and there’s no reason to stray from her recipe. However, if you wanted to simplify things, you could skip saving the mushroom liquid and the beef bouillon and just add soy sauce to beef, chicken or vegetable broth to the casserole. If you do that directly without warming it first, you’ll likely want to add 5-10 minutes to the bake time. Also, I would imagine Grandma used packaged shredded cheese in her casserole, but I would strongly recommend shredding your own. It just melts to much better and really creates a cheesy end result that can’t be achieved in the same way with packaged shredded cheese.

With nearly all casseroles, this one is a great base recipe to experiment with and change up as inspiration hits. Or, swap things out depending on what you have on hand in your pantry. I hope you give this recipe a try and would love to hear what you think about it. And don’t forget to share a photo of your results with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

Steps:

  • Preheat Oven to 375º and Prep Casserole Dish 
  • Drain Mushrooms 

    Drain your can of mushroom and reserve the liquid. To easily do this, I just placed a small colander on top of a 4 cup measuring glass. Set the reserved liquid aside and dump the mushrooms, once fully drained, into the prepared casserole dish.

    Festive Rice Casserole Drain Mushrooms
  • Shred Cheese 

    You can use pre-shredded cheese as a time saver, but shredding it yourself is SO MUCH better. Shred about one cup and add to casserole dish with mushrooms.

    Festive Rice Casserole Shred Cheese
  • Fill Up the Casserole Dish 

    Now add the minced onions, almonds, uncooked rice, and ground pepper to the casserole dish. Stir a bit to get it all mixed up and evenly distributed.

    Festive Rice Casserole Mixed Together
  • Heat Water/Broth 

    Now, add enough water to the glass measuring cup that has the mushroom liquid so that we have 3 1/4 Cups. Put the mushroom liquid and water combination into a medium sized sauce pan and warm on medium heat.

    Festive Rice Casserole Add Water
    Festive Rice Casserole Heat Water
  • Add Bouillon and Soy Sauce 

    Once the water gets hot (close to boiling) add the bouillon cubes and stir over the heat until they are dissolved. Once they are completely dissolved, add the soy sauce and stir.

    Festive Rice Casserole Add Beef Bouillon and Soy Sauce
  • Add Broth to Casserole and Bake 

    Now, pour the broth over the casserole. Do this slowly so that the water doesn't displace all the casserole ingredients. Cover the casserole dish with a lid (if it has one) or with tin foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.

    Festive Rice Casserole Pour Broth Over Rice
    Festive Rice Casserole Cover and Bake
  • Prep Parsley and Pimento 

    While the casserole is cooking, chop your parsley and measure out your pimento so they are ready when the casserole is done baking.

    Festive Rice Casserole Parsley and Pimento
  • Add Remaining Ingredient and Serve 

    When the casserole is done, pull it out of the oven, add the parsley and pimento and stir it in. Serve immediately.

    Festive Rice Casserole Baked
    Festive Rice Casserole Add Parsley and Pimento
    Festive Rice Casserole Ready to Eat

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