Creamed Rice with Chilies

Serve with fried chorizo.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 habanero chilies
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • ½ lb. Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups sour cream

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the rice and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Drain off excess water and set the rice aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Remove the stems and seeds from the chilies and cut into ¼" pieces. Peel the onion and cut into ¼" pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Thaw the peas and corn if necessary. Grate the cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic; sauté until the onions are limp but not brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the chilies, peas, and corn; cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sour cream and cheese. Cook, stirring often, until the cheese is melted.
  • Add the rice to the vegetable and cheese mixture; stir until well blended. Pour into an ovenproof casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until it is slightly brown on top.