Best Rice Side Dish Recipes
Rice Side Dishes Go Well With Main Meals
Rice is a great food to go with many dishes, including beef, chicken, beans, and more. Rice goes great with vegetables, which can be the basis for some great side dishes. And have you ever had sweet rice? This article will give you a couple of rice side dishes, along with a sweet rice version.
When cooking rice, follow the instructions on the package. Generally, rice turns into twice what you put in. One cup turns into two after being cooked. Basically, boil your cup of rice, then turn the heat down to a low simmer. Put the lid on the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. All water will be soaked up. Now you're ready to move on to use rice in recipes.
As far as using white or brown rice, I prefer brown because of taste and better health benefits. An exception would be in the sweet rice recipe. I've never tried this one with brown rice, but I would think that white would better suit it.
Mexican Rice Casserole
Try this Mexican Rice Casserole, a very tasty way to cook rice.
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chunky salsa
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups cooked rice
4 oz shredded Cheddar cheese (roughly one cup)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Sauté chopped onions until tender. Add salsa and pepper. Mix in the cooked rice and 3/4 cup of the cheese. Add in cilantro, as much as you like. As I love the flavor of cilantro, I use closer to a half cup of chopped cilantro. Next, stir until cheese is melted. Pour into 8 x 8 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
This is a great side dish for any Mexican menu. Serve with main dishes such as burritos, enchiladas, chili, beans, or other dish of your choice.
Use white or brown rice....
Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Broccoli and rice casserole is a great way to make kids eat their vegetables. My mom made this dish often when I was growing up. The broccoli tastes great with rice and cheese. What doesn't go well with cheese, right?
2 cups cooked rice
1 10 oz. (approximately) package broccoli, chopped and thawed
1 can mushroom soup
1/2 cup grated Velveeta or cheddar, plus enough to cover top of casserole
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions: Mix cooked rice, broccoli, soup, 1/2 cup grated cheese (I use Velveeta over other cheeses since it melts better), and milk in casserole dish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slice or grate enough Velveeta to cover top of casserole. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.
This dish is great as a side dish served with entrée of your choice. You could also turn the dish into a main dish by adding chopped turkey, chicken, or ham to the casserole before cooking.
Did you grow up eating sweet rice as I did as a kid? We ate this for breakfast with biscuits or toast, but sweet rice could also be a side dish for any meal.
After cooking your rice, add milk to make rice juicier and creamier. Add butter and sugar (or sweetener to taste). Serve warm as a tantalizing sweet side dish or dessert with any meal. Your family or guests are sure to love this nice surprise.
Experiment with Rice!
Rice is an expensive and versatile food. Try making side dishes by mixing cooked rice with sauteed mushrooms, green onions, and garlic.
Think Italian and mix cooked rice with sauteed bell peppers and tomatoes, along with a bit of Italian dressing. What else do you have on hand? Mix it with rice. Have fun with it!
I've never used a rice cooker, but it might be convenient.
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