Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) – budget friendly to feed a crowd

When you’ve got a crowd to feed and don’t want to spend a lot of money to do so this ham and mixed rice casserole is just what you need. When you think of a traditional casserole you think hours to cook and a heavy tomato based dish with a think sauce.  This dish is a rework of the traditional casserole and is filling, flavour packed meal that even gets some vegetable in.

It is a perfect meal for toddlers as it’s easy eaten with a spoon and the incorporation of the brown rice gives it a fibre boost.

I am using D’Orsogna Deli Fresh Double Smoked Leg Ham which is Gluten Free (in fact this whole meal can be made gluten free just check your packaging) and releases its smoky flavour right through the meal.  You will be smelling it before you eat it.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

This is also a great dish to make with leftover rice you may have.  If you don’t have the 5 cups just simply reduce the ingredient quantities proportionately and enjoy as a side dish.

INGREDIENTS

100gm D’Orsogna Deli Fresh Double Smoked Leg Ham, diced
5 Cups Cooked Mixed Brown and White Rice
100gm Grated Cheese (preferably mozzarella)
1 Large Carrot, grated
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
150gm Cream Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs Chopped Parsley

LETS PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

1. Cook your rice.  I used 3/4 Cup uncooked brown and 3/4 Cup uncooked white rice.  I also cooked it in chicken stock to give the dish added flavour.  Once cooked you are ready to make the dish.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

2. In a large mixing bowl place the cooked rice, cheese, diced ham, parsley and grated carrot.  Mix well to combine.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

3. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream cheese and a little salt and pepper.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

4. Pour the wet mix into the rice mix and mix well to combine.  Pour into a baking dish (I would recommend a shallow baking dish as it will cook quicker)  and place into a preheated 200 degree celcius oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden on top and when you take a spoonful out the wet egg mix is not runny.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

Enjoy straight from the oven.

The consistency will be like a casserole, thick and a little creamy and if you used mozzarella cheese it will be nice and stringy.

Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) - budget friendly to feed a crowd

This is a sponsored post for D’Orsogna. Find more recipes like this one on the D’Orsogna Website and D’Orsogna Facebook Page.  If you make any of my D’Orsogna dishes share on social media with the hashtag #dorsognaathome so I can see what you made.

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12 Responses to Ham and Mixed Rice Casserole (gluten free) – budget friendly to feed a crowd

  1. Jo September 24, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Can you prepare this and refrigerate a day ahead of cooking?

    • Amanda September 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Jo, yes you could just remember rice is a high risk food for food poisoning so make sure the rice is cooked fresh and the meal is eaten within 3 days.

  2. Megan September 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    Can this be frozen once cooked..? It looks perfect to use up milk, cream cheese and ham I need to use, but won’t get to eat it!!

    • Amanda September 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Megan, I haven’t tried to freeze it but I can’t see it being a problem to freeze.

  3. Lisa January 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    How many people will this feed?

    • Amanda January 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

      It will feed 4-6

  4. Louise August 8, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    Could I use ricotta instead as I’ve got loads I need to use up

    • Amanda August 8, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      HI Louise, unfortunately no, ricotta isn’t the right texture for this dish.

  5. Kate Lenartowicz September 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    What kind of cream cheese? The kind you put in cheese cakes or the spread you can put on bread?

    • Amanda September 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      Either will work. I used spreadable for this recipe.

  6. christine November 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    cooked this for dinner tonight but I swapped spinach instead of parsley. Everyone loved it and it made so much I have frozen the rest

    • Amanda December 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

      So glad to hear.

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