Cheesy Rice Bites Recipe - Vegetarian Food from USA

Cheesy Rice Bites

Cheesy Rice Bites Recipe - Vegetarian Food from USA
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 12 | Vegetarian diet


Cheesy Rice Bites
Cheesy Rice Bites

Cheesy Rice Bites are a delicious and savory appetizer that is perfect for any gathering or party. These bite-sized treats are packed with creamy cheese, nutty walnuts, and flavorful olives, making them a crowd-pleaser for both kids and adults.


The origins of Cheesy Rice Bites are not entirely clear, but they are believed to have been inspired by traditional rice and cheese dishes from various cuisines around the world. This recipe puts a unique twist on the classic combination of rice and cheese, creating a tasty and satisfying snack or side dish.


How to prepare

  1. Blend the cheeses.
  2. Chop 0.33 cup of the cheese and stir it into the cheese mixture.
  3. Add the rice, eggs, and salt.
  4. Spread the mixture into a buttered 13x9 inch baking pan.
  5. Top the rice mixture with the nuts, parsley, and the remaining 0.33 cup of sliced cheese.
  6. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 20 minutes, or until set.
  7. Chill for one hour.
  8. Cut into bars measuring 1-0.5 by 1 inch.


  • Substitute different types of cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, or feta for a different flavor profile.
  • Add cooked bacon or diced ham for a meatier version of Cheesy Rice Bites.
  • Mix in chopped sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers for a tangy twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use softened cream cheese for easy blending with the other ingredients.

- Be sure to cook the rice until it is tender but still slightly firm, as it will continue to cook in the oven.

- For added flavor, you can mix in other ingredients such as diced ham, cooked bacon, or chopped vegetables.

- To make ahead, prepare the mixture and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Cheesy Rice Bites as an appetizer with a side of marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

Use goat cheese or cream cheese for a tangier flavor.

- Substitute almonds or pecans for walnuts.

- Use black olives or green olives instead of pitted ripe olives.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the Cheesy Rice Bites mixture ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. This can save time and make entertaining easier.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Cheesy Rice Bites on a platter and garnish with fresh parsley or chopped chives for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Cheesy Rice Bites with a crisp white wine or a light beer for a delicious pairing.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Cheesy Rice Bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Cheesy Rice Bites contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Cheesy Rice Bites contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Cheesy Rice Bites contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Cheesy Rice Bites contains approximately 8 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Cheesy Rice Bites are a good source of calcium, vitamin A, and iron.


Cheesy Rice Bites contain dairy (cream cheese, bleu cheese), nuts (walnuts), and eggs.


Cheesy Rice Bites are a flavorful and satisfying snack that is relatively high in fats and proteins, making them a filling treat for any occasion.


Cheesy Rice Bites are a tasty and versatile appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. With a creamy cheese filling, crunchy walnuts, and briny olives, these bite-sized treats are perfect for snacking or entertaining. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for Cheesy Rice Bites. It was many years ago, back when I was just a young girl visiting my aunt in the countryside. My aunt was known for her delicious and inventive dishes, and I always looked forward to spending time in her kitchen, watching her cook.

One day, as I was helping her prepare dinner, she pulled out a worn and tattered recipe card from a wooden box filled with ancient recipes. She smiled as she read through the recipe for Cheesy Rice Bites, explaining that it was a family favorite that had been passed down for generations.

I watched intently as she mixed together cooked rice, shredded cheese, and a handful of seasonings. She then molded the mixture into small balls and baked them in the oven until they were golden and crispy. The savory aroma that filled the kitchen was intoxicating, and I couldn't wait to try one.

As soon as the Cheesy Rice Bites were cool enough to eat, I popped one into my mouth and was immediately hooked. The combination of creamy cheese and fluffy rice was a revelation, and I knew I had to learn how to make them myself.

Over the years, I have made the Cheesy Rice Bites countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my own tastes. I have shared them with friends and family, who have all raved about how delicious they are. And now, I am excited to pass on this treasured recipe to you.

To make Cheesy Rice Bites, you will need:

- 2 cups cooked rice

- 1 cup shredded cheese (I prefer a mix of cheddar and mozzarella)

- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

- Salt and pepper to taste

- 1 egg, beaten

Start by preheating your oven to 375°F and greasing a baking sheet. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, shredded cheese, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Next, add the beaten egg to the rice mixture and stir until everything is well combined. Using your hands, shape the mixture into small balls, about the size of a golf ball, and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the Cheesy Rice Bites in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Allow them to cool slightly before serving.

These Cheesy Rice Bites are perfect for a snack, appetizer, or even a side dish. They are delicious on their own, or you can serve them with marinara sauce or a creamy dip for extra flavor.

I hope you enjoy making and eating these Cheesy Rice Bites as much as I do. They are a true family favorite that I know will become a cherished recipe in your own kitchen. Bon appétit!


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