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Ham and Cheese Baked Rice (Arroz de Forno Misto)

A ham and cheese baked rice casserole to make dinner a delicious yet easy task.

Are you a fan of ham and cheese sandwiches?  Me too! But what if I told you there is much more that you can do with that combo? This “one-baking dish” Ham and Cheese Baked Rice Casserole is just one of those dishes — and even better, is dinner made easy… with the added plus of leftovers, if desired. 😉

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Grab a bowl. Mix cooked rice with heavy cream, egg yolks, seasonings, ham, cheese, and a few veggies. Place rice mixture into a baking dish… and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, go to Facebook or read your favorite magazine. Voilá! Dinner will be ready in the blink of an eye.

I know… This dish has everything, including the taste of life made easier for busy moms/full-time workers like us.

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Our ham and cheese baked rice casserole (or arroz de forno misto) and its many variations are popular dishes in Brazil — not only for busy weeknight meals but also for those lazy weekends. First of all, it doesn’t require any special skill from the cook. Second, it is a complete meal all by itself.  Third, it is able to take care of those leftovers while transforming them into a delicious meal.

It may not have “one-pot” or “one-skillet” in its name, but it is definitely part of that same family. It also makes the list of dishes that are naturally gluten-free.

Ham-and-cheese-baked-rice-casserole, Arroz-de-forno-misto

Chicken, bacon, sausage, and shredded jerked beef are just a few of the many variations that Brazilians make use of to transform the basic dish into a new one. In addition, if you choose a different type of rice, such as wild rice, as well as another type of meat, cheese, or vegetable, you can repeat the same recipe yet give it a new name and face.  Basically, the only thing you would need to keep constant would be the yolks, heavy cream, salt and pepper.

To make baked rice casseroles even creamier, Brazilians love to add requeijão (Brazilian cream cheese) to the recipe — although it is not required. We do just because, you know, you can never have too much cheese. 🙂

I will leave you now with the formula to one hero of a dish, and to your much-deserved rest.

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Ham and Cheese Baked Rice Casserole
A ham and cheese baked rice casserole to make dinner a delicious yet easy task.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Votes: 15
Rating: 3.73
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease with softened butter and then flour (it can be a gluten-free one) a medium baking dish; set aside. NOTE: If desired, you can place chunks of onion and carrot plus 1 cup of fresh parsley into a food processor and process until obtaining small pieces -- to avoid having to chop them by hand.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks with the heavy cream. Add the onion, carrot, 1 cup of chopped parsley, salt and pepper, mozzarella, ham, and rice. Stir with a wooden spoon until obtaining a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Place rice mixture into the greased/floured baking dish. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top evenly. Bake, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes on the lowest oven rack. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of chopped parsley on top and serve. Enjoy!


19 Responses to Ham and Cheese Baked Rice (Arroz de Forno Misto)

  1. Krista February 15, 2016 at 9:37 pm #

    This looks absolutely fantastic! So creamy, savory, and comforting. 🙂

  2. Deb|EastofEdenCooking February 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    What a wonderful dinner recipe! One dish dinners are such time savers. The huge plus this recipe brings is all that scrumptious, creamy sauce. And a great way to use up leftovers!

  3. Raymund February 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Wow that really looks delicious! Look at that melting cheese, its something to die for 🙂

  4. Nydia February 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    This is a great idea to use leftover rice.

  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime February 16, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    This would be perfect for me to take to work for lunch!

  6. Amira February 17, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Now this is really something here… you convinced me girl. I can think of a gazillion of varieties for this amazing dish. Your arroz de forno looks so delicious.

  7. John/Kitchen Riffs February 17, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Great looking dish! I love to do gratins like this — so much flavor. And I can never resist a cheesy dish. 🙂 Good stuff — thanks.

  8. Fran @ G'day Souffle' February 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    I was wondering what I should cook for dinner tonight- now I know! Thanks for the idea!

  9. Asha February 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Such a decadent looking dish my dear. So comforting. My boys would love to have this.
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  10. Little Cooking Tips March 2, 2016 at 3:11 am #

    Wow. Just like Ash says, this is a rich, decadent dish, that completely transforms any leftover rice. Beautiful rice casserole dear Denise and like you mentioned, the possibilities are endless! We’ll be trying that one with broccoli and other veggies as we’ve cut down (drastically) our bacon and processed meats consumption ourselves. We bet it’ll taste amazing!
    And yes. One can never have too much cheese!:):)

  11. Anna @ shenANNAgans March 14, 2016 at 3:59 am #

    I won a bunch of crock pots and dishes that I just haven’t known what I will cook in them, that is until now. I freakin LOVE this super simple yet oh so tasty feed, perfect week night feed. Adding to my list. Thanks love.

  12. Dom Wells October 5, 2017 at 5:46 am #

    Amazing recipe! Everyone at home just loved it….thanks for sharing! I am a big fan of your blog and I always find here some delicious food 🙂

    • Denise Browning October 5, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      Wow! Thanks a ton, Dom! I am so glad your family enjoyed this dish which is truly a family favorite at my household.

  13. Dorace Trottier January 17, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much! Had to laugh out loud over your requeijão comment! We put Catupiry in EVERYTHING! I plan on making this tonight, it is snowing outside and Arroz de Forno is perfect, I will serve it with pão de queijo!

    • Denise Browning January 17, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

      Dorace: I am so glad that you found here the recipe that you needed. This is a family fave. Enjoy!

  14. Enriqueta Lemoine May 15, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    Denisse I’m rapidly becomeing your number one fan. Love your pics and recipes! Keep rocking my friend!

  15. Alejandra Graf May 16, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    That is amazing! With those beautiful pictures, I can even smell it!;)

  16. JB May 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

    My family and I love this cheesy, delicious casserole!

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