(Compliments of Cheryl Pangaro)

This family recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods. It is my maternal Grandmother’s baked rice recipe. She was from Avellino, Italy.

Mama’s Baked Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb. ricotta (part skim or whole)
  • 4 oz shredded mozzarella (part skim or whole)
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 stick butter (use 1 stick if using part skim cheese)
  • Dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh grated Parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Grease a 13X 9 Pyrex baking dish.
  • Cover greased baking dish with bread crumbs.
  • Cook rice and drain.
  • Place rice in a large mixing bowl.
  • Immediately add butter and stir until butter is melted.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • When all ingredients are mixed well, place in baking dish.
  • Add more dry bread crumbs to create a thin layer covering the rice mixture and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50- 60 minutes.
  • Allow the rice to brown on top and bottom so it is crispy.

Notes

An optional ingredient, but not part of Grandma’s recipe:

Add 1 cup of frozen peas (slightly cooked) to the rice mixture.

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