Zarela's Famous Creamy Rice Casserole from Aaron Sanchez
75 mins (prep 15, cooking 60)
13 ingredients
4-6 servings
I love Aaron Sanchez. He is one of my favorite TV chefs. He runs a number of restaurants. The one he runs with his mother is called Zarela's, his mother's first name. He was on a show called, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" with his mother. His choice was Zarela's creamy, cheesy rice dish. This is what Zarela wrote after the show. I am posting it here so I don't lose the recipe. "I was just on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate with my son, chef and Food Network star, Aaron Sanchez and within minutes viewers were going to my web site, signing up for updates and writing me to share the recipe. Thank you very much for your interest and I hope you enjoy our famous creamy rice casserole. This is a superior party dish that can be easily pre-assembled and reheated just prior to serving. This is why it is high on the list of all caterers in Northern Mexico, myself included. What makes it a favorite of all eaters is that it has layers of flavors - creamy and hot, crunchy corn kernels, and the cilantro adds a refreshing after-taste."

Categories:  side-dish , pasta,-rice-and-grains , weeknight , rice , comfort-food , taste~mood , white-rice , spicy , <-4-hours , vegetarian , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (481.94 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 815.86 Calories from Fat 367.47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.83g 251.28%
Saturated Fat 19.07g 381.38%
Trans Fat 0.31g %
Cholesterol 88.19mg 117.58%
Sodium 1637.0mg 272.83%
Total Carbohydrate 89.39g 119.18%
Dietary Fiber 0.02 g 0.25%
Sugars 0.43 g %
Protein 26.95g 215.6%
Vitamin A 854.61IU% Vitamin C 0.77mg%
Calcium 510.21mg% Iron 3.52mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
converted rice, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, poblano chiles, chopped onion