Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spicy Rice and Corn Casserole

Jill Conner Browne, Sweet Potato Queen and our own Mississippi celebrity, calls this dish Death Corn Five because it's a great funeral food dish. A mixture of packaged Zatarain's yellow rice with Mexican corn and the addition of jalapeno and pepper jack cheese - it's spicy good!

Spicy Rice and Corn Casserole

This spicy rice dish combines boxed Zatarain's yellow rice, Mexican corn, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese making it flavorful and a perfect side for just about any beef, pork, or chicken dish. If you don't have Zatarain's products in your area, there are several other brands of yellow rice, any of which would be an appropriate substitute.


A perfect take along dish for that potluck, family reunion, or even as a funeral food dish, though you'll likely want to double it. You can also substitute your favorite Campbell's cream soups, use a combination of them, and even add in some shredded, cooked chicken or lightly sauteed shrimp to make it a main dish meal.

Here's how to make it.

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Recipe: Spicy Rice and Corn Casserole

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 20 min |Cook time: 20 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) box of yellow rice (like Zatarain's New Orleans Style)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 (11 ounce) can of Mexican corn, undrained
  • 1 (10-3/4 ounce) can of Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped jalapenos
  • Kosher salt, only if needed, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • Pinch of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 1 overflowing cup of shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
Instructions

Prepared the rice according to the package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter or spray a 1-1/2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the cooked rice, the remaining butter, corn, cream of celery soup, jalapenos, salt, pepper and Creole/Cajun seasoning; stir in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese, reserving the remaining 1/4 cup. Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes: If you don't have Zatarain's products in your area, there are several other brands of yellow rice, any of which would be an appropriate substitute. Double for a potluck, church supper or as a funeral food dish.

Variation: Can also add in 2 cups of chopped or shredded chicken, or 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp, lightly sauteed in butter first, to make this a main dish meal. Okay to use other cream soups or a combination of them and your favorite cheese.

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Adapted from the Sweet Potato Queen's Cookbook
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17 comments:

  1. Makes me drool, just looking at the pic!!! Will most definitely try this. Thanks so much for the posting!

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  2. made this for the family. it's gonna be on the table regularly for now on. yum :D

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  3. So glad y'all enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment. I appreciate that!

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  4. I was told to bring the side dish to go along with kabobs tonight. I think I found my side dish!

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  5. This recipe is so YUMMY! I added more jalepenos for an extra kick. The people that I made it for went on and on about how great it was. So glad I found your website!

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  6. I made this last night and I love it! I added more jalepenos and extra seasoning for an extra kick. Everyone I made it for went on and one about it :) So glad I found your website!

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    1. I'm glad you found me too Nacona!! This is a nice casserole dish - so happy to hear it was a hit!!

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  7. My mom makes this on Christmas Eve. Such a great dish!

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    1. It sure is good isn't it? I made it a bit milder for the funeral though, but it was still delicious!

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  8. Made this for a Fourth of July BBQ and it was absolutely delish! Doubled the recipe and sprinkled the top with a little panko for a crispy topping. Soooo absolutely good!

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    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it - thank you so much for taking the time to come back by and let me know!

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  9. I made this over the weekend for a large potluck occasion. Huge hit!! I was asked many times over for the recipe. I followed it to the letter doubled.

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    1. Isn't it a great potluck dish? I'm glad it was a hit Julie & thank you so much for taking the time to pop back by and let me know!

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  10. I just recently went to an every year Thanksgiving gathering with friends. Someone had made the most delicious rice and corn casserole OMG, I actually got up to "secretly" set some aside to take home, but it was already all gone! I asked around who brought the dish so I could ask for the recipe, no body seemed to know who brought it. After searching Pintrest for similar recipes I think I've just found it!! I can't wait to try it! I just have one question, does it have to be yellow rice? Would white rice give it a different taste?

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    1. Hi JoAnn!! Oh, I hope this is like the one that you sampled but I can tell you one thing - it is very good. Now on the rice. The Zatarain's yellow rice is a preseasoned mix, so using just plain white rice, you'd lose those seasonings. You could add them of course, but I have only made this rice using the packaged rice, so I've not had a chance to play with that! Some of what's in there is long grain rice of course but also some onion, red and green bell peppers, garlic, turmeric and cayenne pepper and other spices they don't list. Hope that helps!

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  11. Made this as a side dish and I LOVED it. So so good!

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