One of the things I like best about these Cheesy Jalapeño Rice Squares is its flexibility. Easily made ahead, it can be a featured holiday breakfast casserole, a protein-laden lunch box entree, or a sure-to-please party appetizer. It’s good hot or at room temperature. (I’ve been known to even eat them cold.)
When I make these with guests in mind, I will use canned jalapeños rather than fresh. Since we like the heat, I always use the fresh ones for our family. They are also good with minced poblano peppers.
This is a great idea for using leftover rice, but I do suggest using freshly grated cheese rather than the packaged shredded cheese. You can, of course, use that if you prefer. I just feel the texture is better.
If you’re not an extra sharp cheddar person, feel free to substitute your preferred cheese. A smoky gouda is an excellent choice as well. In addition, cut them to a size to suit the occasion. A 1-inch square is just about right as an appetizer, but I will cut them into larger servings if using for breakfast or lunch.
If you do make them ahead of time, I suggest you warm them in a 200 degree oven rather than the microwave. Eggs seems to take on a rubbery texture, I think, when heated in the microwave.
Typically, I double the recipe since the squares keep well in the refrigerator for several days. However, you can easily cut it in half.
Cheesy Jalapeño Rice Squares
Yields: approximately 10 dozen 1-inch squares
- 12 eggs, whisked
- 2 pounds extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups leftover Riceland Long-Grain White Rice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs thoroughly.
- Stir in cheese, peppers and rice until well blended.
- Pour egg mixture into prepared pan and bake approximately 45 minutes until center is no longer soft.
- Set aside on a wire rack to cool before cutting into 1-inch squares (or larger for main dish servings).
Recipe and post by Debbie Arnold of DiningWithDebbie.net