Monday, December 06, 2010

Baked Cheese Shrimps Rice


Baked cheesy rice or cheesy baked rice has been quite popular among the bloggers few months back.  I liked the idea and wanted to try it whenever I have leftover cheese or rice.  My opportunity came when I have some leftover Mozzarella cheese from making the Alfredo Chicken.  I needed to finish the leftover cheese within 5 days and just so happen that I had some leftover brown rice.  So, this dish was created.  I did mine in a healthier way as it was less creamy.  No heavy cream, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, etc.

I found the rice a bit dry, so you can add some fat free or 1 % fat milk into the rice when you add the cheese and stir together.  Perhaps put a layer of rice, cheese, rice and top with more cheese before baking.  Just bake until the top is slightly brown, do not brown it too much as the cheese will turn hard.  Mine was too brown so I know.





Ingredients:

3 cups cooked Brown Rice
8 extra large shrimps, cleaned and shelled
3/4 cup frozen mixed vegetable
2 Tbsp. butter
2 tsp. chicken powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of water/ low fat milk
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Toppings:
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 400'F.

2.  Heat up a wok/ saute pan, add in butter.  When slightly melted, add in shrimps, saute until cooked, add in mixed vegetables and fry well.

3.  Add in brown rice and mix well.  Add in chicken powder and water, stir well.  Add in salt and cheese (add some low fat milk here if you want).  Stir quickly or until the cheese is melted.

4.  Scoop the rice into a Pyrex container or any oven safe bowl.  Spread the top with Mozzarella cheese.  You can add more cheese if you like.

5.  Baked in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese brown and melted.

17 comments:

Belinda @zomppa said...

Always great when you have leftover cheese or want an easy one-dish bake. Love the addition of shrimp!

Roxan said...

Sometimes, throwing leftovers together makes the best dish! I love when that happens. This looks like a wonderful and hearty dish, perfect for December... especially for you, you are in CO right?

tigerfish said...

Do enjoy the combination of melted cheese with shrimps and rice but how come I never thought of doing this dish? kekekeke.....seldom have cheese in stock at home, that's why! The next time I have cheese, I will try this :)

Baking Fiend said...

this looks fab, Ching. my kids love baked rice, but i did not have the opportunity to make any for them.

SIG said...

Oo yummy! I loved baked rice, and prawns so this is a winner combination! Try curry baked rice, it's good too.

Food For Tots said...

This is a popular dish in those HK char chan teng (kopitiam). Your dish looks so cheesy and tasty!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

loveee i love love love baked rice...aiya these days hardly have time to cook :(

pigpigscorner said...

I made cheesy rice quite awhile ago, I loved it but my hubs is not a huge fan, so that was the first and last time I made it =(

busygran said...

Love the baked cheese rice! I find it as a good way to use up leftover rice besides fried rice.

Anh said...

yum! I love baked rice :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the baked rice looks good!

retro sweets said...

I wonder if Jasmine rice is okay for this dish.? And instead of chicken powder and water, chickens stock perhaps? I'm hesitant to try it this way. I might just waste the rest of the food. :/

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks Belinda.

Yes Roxan, I'm in CO and this is such an easy dish to throw together. ;)

Tigerfish, me too lah, seldom have cheese at home. Just that my family wanted to eat chicken Alfredo, so I bought a packet and had some leftover. :P

Thanks baking fiend. This is a healthy version without any cream, k.

Thanks for the suggestion SIG, I love the idea of curry baked rice already. :)

Thanks F4T.

Rita, so busy with your son huh? :)

Pigpigs, my hub is not a fan too, only us. :P

Busygran, I'm so agreed with you. :)

Thanks Anh.

Thanks Jess.

Retro Sweets, yes you can use Jasmine rice and chicken stock, it doesn't matter. You still stir it together with the cheese before setting it in to bake with more cheese. Sort of like a fragrant chicken rice with cheese mixed in. Can you imagine it?

My Asian Kitchen said...

ahhh..I see you make more western food now!!..yes I also see lot of blogger make this dish but I never try b4...I think my family will like it since they are cheese lover..

noobcook said...

wah your baked rice looks healthy and delicious. nowadays when i make baked rice, I use not just cream of mushroom and japanese mayo at the same time... double sinful hehe

daphne said...

I tried rice and cheese once and it was too heavy for me but it tasted sooo sooooooooo good. I like how u used brown rice and still turned out great..esp with melted cheese and shrimps.. oolala!

Little Inbox said...

I've been wanted to do this. Everything with cheese is irresistible.