Crunchy & Cheesy Rice Dish

What a wonderful side dish that I can eat alone for a meal. I’ve also added cooked shredded or chopped chicken to it for a great leftover meal. I think you’ll love the cheesiness, creaminess and the crunch from water chestnuts and celery.

Crunchy & Cheesy Rice Dish


  • 4 c cooked white rice
  • 1 box fast-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz sliced water chestnuts drained
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 c shredded mild cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. ook long grain and wild rice mix according to package directions-takes 5 minutes. Combine this and the cooked white rice in a large bowl; set aside while making sauce.
  4. In a large skillet, melt butter. Add onion and celery and cook on medium high heat, stirring, just until onion is translucent, 1-2 minutes. Add cream cheese; reduce heat to medium and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  5. To the rice in bowl, add water chestnuts, cream cheese mixture, 1 t. salt, ½ t. black pepper, milk, soy sauce and 1 c. of the shredded cheese. Stir thoroughly and pour into prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining 1 c. shredded cheese and bake 20-25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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