I am a huge fan of ethnic cuisines and the hotter, spicier dishes the better. Initially I had some ideas of spicy Thai dishes. I then thought of all of the wonderful Mexican dish I could make. Burritos anyone?
But with a little internet searching I soon came up with this Cajun dish. Shrimp and rice casserole by Jenna. Cajun is definitely its own culture. A culture I hope to explore one day in person.
Until then I will just have to live through this casserole. This recipe is super easy and super flavorful. Throw all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix together, and then pour into a buttered baking dish. The brown rice puffs up absorbing all of the liquid ingredients.
The original recipe calls for white rice but the Texmati® Brown Rice holds the flavor without adding any distinct brown rice taste. My husband, always the picky eater, didn't even know it was brown rice.
Now we just need some beignets.
Cajun Shrimp and Rice Casserole
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Keywords: bake entree shrimp rice
Ingredients (serves 6)
- 1 1/2 lbs raw shrimp, deveined with shells and tails off
- 2 cups Texmati® Brown Rice
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 can (10.75 oz) Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup
- 1 can (10.75 oz) Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup
- 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes & green chilies
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the butter in a 12 x 9″ casserole dish and place dish in the oven so the butter melts. After the butter has melted at the bottom of the dish, remove from oven but keep oven on.
In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, raw rice (do not cook first), cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, tomatoes, diced yellow onion, diced green pepper, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Pour mixture over the melted butter. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, stir well.
Re-cover dish and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Remove and add bread crumbs.
Re-cover and cook for a final 10 minutes, the rice should be fluffy and have absorbed all liquid.
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As part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker Program, I received a free sample of RiceSelect Texmati Brown Rice although the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.