Bruschetta Rice and Cheese Bake

Bruschetta Rice and Cheese Bake

Ready in about thirty minutes, this flavourful rice casserole just needs a leafy green side salad to be a delicious weeknight supper. For a preparation shortcut, use drained, purchased bruschetta topping from the supermarket’s deli section.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup (250 mL) U.S. long grain parboiled white rice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) each milk and water
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded aged Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped green onion
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Stir rice with milk, water, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and half each of the salt, pepper and garlic in a large saucepan until well combined. Set pan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 18 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Turn burner off. Stir in Cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onion. Pour rice mixture into a greased 8-inch (20 cm) square, baking dish. Smooth top.
  2. Toss chopped tomato with parsley and remaining salt, pepper and garlic; spoon evenly over the rice mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. Place casserole on the centre rack; bake for 10 minutes. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until top is bubbly and golden.

For a Southwestern version, substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the Cheddar and Parmesan and top the casserole with 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) drained salsa.