Cuban Ham, Rice and Black Bean Casserole
From Foods with a Foreign Flavor textbook - posted for ZWT5.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup black beans, cooked (can use canned)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup rice, cooked & cooled (left-over is great)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 cup ham, diced (can use more)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Saute onions, green pepper, ham, bay leaf and 1/8 teaspoonful salt in oil. In large casserole, place drained beans, rice and onion/ham mixture. Toss lightly together. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
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I had one cup leftover rice that was cooked with some salsa in water and sirachi. I sauted about 3/4 c diced onion, 3 cloves garlic minced, 1/2 green pepper, 1 diced rib of celery, 1 pat butter onmedium low heat. Then added about 1 1/2 cup diced ham and let it saute some over medium heat. Added can of diced tomatoes (mine had jalepenos) , the rice, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1 1/2 tsp creole seasoning, 3/4 tsp rubbed sage, 1 can Cuban style black beans (drained) and rice. Stirred it all together and put lid on my cast iton skillet. Let it simmer over LOW for 30 minutes and oh my we will make this again!Reply
I wanted to find something to make with my Christmas ham leftovers and let me tell you, this did not disappoint! Honestly, I had to modify a little bit and use what I had on hand. I made a triple batch of rice, so I tripled the amounts (mostly) of the other ingredients. First, when I cooked my Christmas ham, I used Ginger Ale in the roaster. When I cooked the rice for this, I used the leftover juices from my pan instead of water (with a splash of Worcestershire sauce). Then, I only had 1 bell pepper, so that's all I could use. I did throw some minced garlic in when I was sautéing too. I wasn't too sure how long to sauté it for, but I cooked it all down pretty well. If you prefer a crunchier taste, I'm sure it would be just as good too. On the advice from another review (plus it's what I had on hand), I used a can of chili beans. They were black beans, but with a chili sauce. I drained the liquid and kept it to add to my bowl when I ate it. Since my stuff was mostly still warm, I only baked it in the oven for 20 minutes. Overall, it was delicious. I'm sure we'll be making it again! Sorry so long!!Reply
This was a very easy and delicious meal to use up some basic ingredients in the pantry. I used a precooked honey ham from the grocery store, and I omitted the green peppers, added half a cup of kidney beans, and used a drained can of chili beans instead of the black beans. Yummy. We will definitely make this again.1Reply
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