Baked rice casserole is a cheesy, complete dish that takes sausage, bacon, and vegetables. It is hearty and comforting!
OK… I have to confess that I truly struggled to decide which rice recipe to post first here.
“Why? It’s just rice!” someone might say.
Well, the reason is because rice is universal — simple, yet essential to so many people in so many different cultures. This, in and of itself, makes the task intimidating. Also, it’s because Brazil has a multitude of wonderful rice recipes, which makes the task even more daunting.
And with that reply, let us return to the reason why I decided upon this recipe specifically: it’s sort of a redemption of the many common versions of Baked Rice Casserole that one encounters floating around in Brazil. Most call for a mixture of heavy cream and egg yolks as a “sauce.” Yet, when heated up for several minutes in the oven, the result is… curdled rice. How sad!
In my reworking of this baked rice casserole recipe, I have kept the wonderful taste of the traditional version, but improved the texture by avoiding this culinary mistake. The result? You shall see!