Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Ham
A great recipe for leftover Christmas ham! We halved this recipe since there are only the 2 of us.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Cup long-grain white rice
- 2 1/4 Cups chicken broth
- 2 small heads of broccoli
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 3 Cups cooked diced ham, hot (warm it up in the microwave for a couple of minutes)
- 1 Cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Splash of milk, as needed
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
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 10 minutes
While the rice is cooking, chop the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces.
After 10 minutes add the broccoli to the rice and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. (The broccoli will cook for 5-10 minutes and steam for 5. If you'd like it more tender, add it to the pot of rice sooner. As it is, it should be tender-crisp.)
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 ad salt and pepper to taste and add a splash of milk if you'd like to thin out the texture a little bit, if needed.