Cheese baked rice

“Baked rice with cheese from scratch.”

So happy to tell you that, my first attempt of baked rice was a success!

As mentioned in my FaceBook, my girl requested something in cheese. I’ve made cheese prawn cakes and cheese pork meat balls, but girl said that she wasn’t getting enough cheese, still. So, I decided to bake rice in cheese. Firstly, to satisfy her craving of cheese. Secondly, it was easy to assemble. What to do… I was a little too lazy to make anymore cheese food that requires many cooking steps, and hence, baked cheese rice has become my option, for tonight’s dinner.

Yes, it tasted very delicious, according to my girl. :)

I find it very simple to cook, despite the fact of first attempt. This baked rice I’ve made from scratch, was using raw rice grain instead of the pre-cooked. It needs precise amount of water to be added to it in order to yield a perfect rice texture. Its baked rice cannot be too dry and hard to chew, or too soft and wet like porridge.

I had my first baked-from-raw-rice dish successfully made. However, if you are looking for a creamy and wet baked rice dish that you have eaten in those Hong Kong or Western Cafes, this recipe probably not what you are looking for. My rice wasn’t baked in wet cream sauce, mine was just moist enough for the palate. Yes, not creamy at all, raw rice to bake usually doesn’t yield creamy rice.. I don’t use the Campbell cream soup in this recipe, neither creamy pasta sauce nor any heavy cream was used here… I preferred sour cream in this recipe (at least for today’s). So, if you ain’t a creamy saucy person, this recipe would be perfect for you….

Well, if you want baked rice with creamy sauce, pre-cooked rice, and probably the Campbell mushroom cream soup, have to be used. I will bake that to show you next time.

One more thing, to make it more cheesy, I used 3 types of cheese, just to satisfy her craving.

Ok, try this for now, if you like!

Baked rice cooking process

Ingredients
1 cup of rice grain, rinsed
4 sausages, sliced
4 picnic hams, sliced into stripes
4 fresh Shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
250ml of chicken stock
100ml of full cream milk
2 – 3 tablespoons of sour cream
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 knob of butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Pinch of salt and sugar
Pinch of coarsest grounded black pepper

100 gram of grated Cheddar cheese
100 gram of grated Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon of grounded Parmesan cheese

Method
1) Heat pan with olive oil over medium fire. Melt butter. Sauté onion till soften and aroma released. Add and sauté mushroom till lightly browned. Then, add and sauté sausages and ham. Now, add garlic. May add more butter, if necessary.

2) Add rinsed rice grain, followed by half the chicken stock. Stir fry to combine. Reduce heat to low fire. Add milk and sour cream, stir fry for 1 – 2 minutes. Sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper. Pour in the balance chicken stock and stir fry to combine all, for about 1 – 2 minutes.

3) Scoop and portion out the semi cooked rice mixture into two porcelain baking dish. Top to cover the entire dish with generous layer of Cheddar cheese, sprinkle Parmesan cheese, and lastly, Mozzarella cheese.

4) Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, at 180°C. Do not burn the cheese. When the cheese is browned enough (probably takes about 5 minutes to melt and brown), simply turn off the top heat and continue to bake with only the bottom heat on.

Otherwise, I’ll suggest you to try wrapping up the top with aluminum foil before baking, to prevent burning of cheese, so as to retain moisture, if you do not want the cheese to appear too dry for nice mouth feel.

When baked, serve immediately.

Oh.. I better remind you that it was my first attempt in baking rice from scratch by using raw rice grain to bake. It might not be 100% to your liking. I did not find it perfect, too, though my girl cheered and well commented this baked rice and begged for next cooking right after this meal… I still urge you to keep cooking and trying this recipe, to your perfection. :)

A generous serving of my baked rice counts about 550kcal.

Tips: Adjust the amount of cheese to your preference.
* The cup for right amount of rice is measured by the usual rice measuring cup.
* For the choice of cheese, choose whatever type you like. I chose Cheddar for its aroma and smooth mouth feel, Parmesan for its stronger cheesy flavour and Mozzarella for its sticky pulling effect. Most of all, they are the most common and easily available ones in the market.