Ham, rice, and cauliflower smothered by a cheesy sauce. Baked in a 13 x 9 dish, this Cauliflower Ham Hotdish feeds a small crowd. Unless, of course, you’re just one or two people, in which case you’ll be eating it happily all week. Tastes amazing, probably even better the next day. You can make it ahead of time, if need be, and you have the flexibility to switch out the cheddar for your favorite cheese.
What is a hot dish?
In case you’re wondering what a hot dish is, it’s a casserole. It might be a mid-west thing, but that’s where I’m guessing.
So today’s executive decision is to use it both ways, as a noun and as a name. Either way, it tastes the same.
Grab your apron, let’s start cookin’ a Cauliflower Ham Hotdish
Once everything is sliced and diced, this actually goes really quick. Chopping of the onions, ham, cauliflower, etc. isn’t part of the prep time on the recipe.
This is because some people buy their stuff pre-sliced and pre-diced. Also, you can use left-over rice, so you won’t have to make that either.
So, if you’re like me and prefer doing all the prep work yourself, add another 10 minutes or so to that time.
With that full disclosure out of the way, in a large pot, saute the onions in the butter.
While they’re cooking, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and low-sodium chicken broth. I always use low-sodium chicken broth when cooking with ham, because ham can be unexpectedly salty. Not always, but play it safe and salt it afterwards if you think it needs it.
Once the onions have turned opaque, add the soup mixture to the pot.
As soon as the soup starts to bubble, add in the cauliflower and ham. Give it a good stir and let it warm up for another couple of minutes.
Then add the cooked rice and cheese. Cook a few minutes more while you preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease the 13 x 9 baking dish. Once your oven is ready, pour everything from the pot into the baking dish and cover. Bake for 20 minutes.
Making a Ritz Cracker crumb topping
While the food is baking, crush some Ritz Crackers until you have one cup of crumbs. Add the crumbs to the melted butter and mix.
Once the hot dish has been baking for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven. Uncover the dish and spread the crumbs evenly over the top. Leave it uncovered this time as you return it to the oven for the last 10 minutes.
That’s it, time to eat.
Just look at that cheese sauce over the chunks of ham and cauliflower. Scrumptious. The rice and onions give it even more flavor, and the parsley sprinkled on top is just for fun. Plus it looks pretty.
Be prepared to share this Cauliflower Ham Hotdish. I knew I had to share it with you.
Cauliflower Ham Hotdish, plus more ham recipes.
If you love ham like I do, here are some other ham recipes to try:
Cauliflower Ham Hotdish
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 small onion, chopped small
- 2-10.5 oz. cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 cups cauliflower florets
- 4 cups ham, cubed
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Ritz Cracker crumbs
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- In a large pot, saute onions in butter.
- Meanwhile, in separate bowl, mix together soup, broth, and sour cream.
- Once onions are opaque, add soup mixture. Continue cooking on medium-low until soup begins to bubble. Add cauliflower and ham. Stir and continue cooking.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Add rice and cheese to pot. Stir.
- Lightly grease (or spray) 13 x 9 baking dish. Once oven is ready, pour hotdish into baking dish and cover. Bake for 20 minutes.
- While that's baking, mix together cracker crumbs with butter.
- Remove hotdish from oven. Evenly spread crumb mixture over top and continue baking for last 10 minutes uncovered. Enjoy!
I love a good hot dish, or casserole, whatever you want to call it. One dish with everything in it is just so efficient. It has the meat, the rice, and the vegetable all in one spot.
Well ok, so maybe the dessert isn’t in it, but here are some recipes you might like to try: Sugar Cookie Lemonade Crumble, Deep Dish Cobbler Pie, and this absolutely delicious no bake Banana Split Pie.
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Have a blessed day, my friend.
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