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If you love the spicy yet creamy flavors of jalapeño poppers, you're going to love this Jalapeño Popper Rice side dish recipe.
This rice dish is wonderful. You can expect some heat but not too much heat. It pairs well with grilled chicken but I'd imagine it would go well next to pork chops or even a steak. You could make it a full meal if you toss some pre-cooked chicken into the mixture as well.
Did I mention this dish can be ready in about a half hour? Yeah, there's that too!
Rice - You can use either instant rice or traditional white rice. I prefer to use instant when I want to keep the cook time at about a half hour. If I have longer to prepare I opt for the traditional rice.
Jarred jalapeños - The sliced jarred ones are easier to work with. No precooking them to soften etc. They're ready to go. It's fun to use freshly sliced jalapeños for a garnish but it's not necessary.
Cheese - I used both cheddar and Monterey Jack. I love the way Monterey Jack melts. More on the cheese below.
Hood Sour Cream is where we are getting that smooth creamy texture. I stick with Hood because their sour cream is made with Hood Milk and cream. The farmers who make these products do not use artificial growth hormones and that is important to me. What can I say, I like to feed my family only the best!
Let's Talk Cheese
I mentioned above that I use both cheddar & Monterey Jack. Here's the deal, cheese melts better when you grate it yourself from the block. The bagged cheeses contain anti-caking agents that can sometimes hinder the melting process. I'm not against bagged cheese in all recipes. As a matter of fact, I use it, just not when I want a good melt factor.
Preparing Jalapeno Popper Rice
Prepare the rice (instant or traditional).
Stir the rice into mixture.
Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Stir together breadcrumbs and oil. Top with breadcrumb mixture.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Garnish with sliced jalapeños or green onions if desired and serve.
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Jalapeño Popper Rice
- 3 C prepared rice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 C cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 ½ C monterey jack cheese shredded
- 1 ½ C Hood Sour Cream
- 1 C jarred jalapeños drained and roughly chopped
- ¼ C bread crumbs seasoned
- 1 T olive oil
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Stir together prepared rice, salt, pepper, 1 C cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, Hood Sour Cream and jalapeños until well combined.
- Spray 2 qt baking dish with spray. Transfer mixture into pan. Top with remaining cheese.
- Stir breadcrumbs and oil together until all crumbs are coated.
- Scatter breadcrumbs over the cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.
- If desired, garnish with sliced jalapeño, chopped scallions or chopped cilantro.
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