Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Rice

Rice is a favorite in family meals! It is nutritious, economical, blends well with any food pairings and is easy to make. Best of all, rice is cholesterol- and sodium-free and has no trans or saturated fat. Rice is also gluten-free and is the least allergenic of all grains.

Northeast Mississippi is proud to be home to the majority of rice producers in our state. In 2011, the rice crop contributed more than $153 million in value to the state’s economy and accounts for thousands of jobs, both on and off the farm. Rice also ranks among the state’s top agricultural exports.

Southwest Salsa Rice Bites

3 c. cooked brown rice, cooled
1 c. shredded pepper jack cheese
4 eggs
1 – 16oz. jar medium (or hot) thick and chunky-style salsa
½ c. sour cream
½ t. salt
½ t. pepper
¾ c. crushed corn or tortilla chips
Additional salsa and sour cream for optional garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine rice and cheese in a large bowl; set aside.
In medium bowl, beat eggs until well blended. Stir in salsa, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add salsa mixture to rice and cheese. Mix well.

Spray miniature muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon about 1 ½ T. rice mixture into each cup, filling to just below the rim. Sprinkle crushed chips over the rice filling pressing lightly with the back of a spoon.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with additional salsa and sour cream if desired.