Stovetop Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Ham

Dec 06

Austin and I went to Costco to get a membership this weekend.  I heart Costco and any place where I can buy things in bulk.  Small problem– I tend to go a little overboard.  I wanted to put anything and everything in my cart and bring it home, and I don’t think about room in the car or in the pantry/fridge/freezer at home.  Austin was good as a conscience since he kept asking, “do we need this today?”  Most times, the answer was no, but there were times, I put the giant item in the cart anyways :)

So of course when we got home, we were severely lacking in freezer space.  We took out a frozen ham and frozen tip roast to make room for everything, hence this delicious ham recipe and a tip roast coming at the end of the week!

In her post, Karly from Buns in My Oven said that ham is not just for Easter and Christmas, and I wholeheartedly agree (although in all fairness, the ham has been frozen since Easter!).  I adapted this recipe from her.  It was super tasty and a great weeknight meal.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice (I used basmati)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 cups broccoli florets, chopped (I cooked frozen broccoli until warm and then chopped)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 3 cups cooked diced ham, hot (I chopped mine up and popped it in the microwave)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese mix (swiss, mozarella, cheddar)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until it starts to brown. Add the rice and stir to coat. Toast the rice, stirring often, just until it starts to turn golden. Pour in the chicken broth, bring to a boil, turn heat to low, and cover. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes.

Then, add the broccoli to the rice and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Taste rice to make sure cooked through and not still hard/crunchy.

Remove from the heat and add the butter, ham, cheddar, and garlic powder. Stir until well incorporated. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again and add salt and pepper.

Comments: 5

  1. Yum! Totally agree about ham – anytime is a good time for ham :)

  2. Karly Dec 06 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I’ve just discovered the joys of Costco. My daughter asks to go there when she’s hungry so she can eat her way through all the free samples. Haha!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

    • Elizabeth Dec 06 at 2:33 pm Reply

      That’s an excellent plan– your daughter is smart :)

  3. This is the exact type of dish I like digging into the second it drops below 40 degrees in NYC. So warming and satisfying! Will definitely be trying this.

  4. The Newlywed Chefs Dec 08 at 2:50 am Reply

    Always looking for a good casserole recipe. Thanks!

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