May 23, 2018

Jailhouse Rice

A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. 

Jailhouse Rice! A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. #casserole #rice #groundbeef #sausage

You’ve got to have pretty thick skin to have any sort of public presence on the internet. You’d think a leelittle ol' food blogger could share a few recipes without getting treated like a Kardashian. But… you’d be wrong.

Social media has made people downright mean, y’all! I mostly just laugh at the stuff I get but I’ve had to stop sharing it with Husband because he gets UPSET when anyone messes with me. After sharing a particularly nasty comment with him one night he walked so many circles around the living room I thought he was gonna cut a hole in the rug! He looked like Fred Sanford pausing and clutching his chest every third round or so.

Bless his heart.

Jailhouse Rice! A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. #casserole #rice #groundbeef #sausage

One night I stumbled onto a pin of my Sausage & Rice Casserole on Pinterest and saw that there were over a hundred comments on it. What the what?! When I checked it out I saw that a full-blown debate had broken out. Someone commented saying the recipe looked like “prison food”. Then another someone chimed in saying it was one of her favorite recipes and it was nothing like prison food. And then another one joined in saying he’d been to prison and neither of them knew what they were talking about.

Jailhouse Rice! A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. #casserole #rice #groundbeef #sausage

And things went downhill from there. It appears Pinterest was divided on that pin between those who thought the recipe looked awful (like prison food) and those who had tried it and loved it (and were defending it – bless them) with a sprinkling of ex-cons who, evidently, wished they had had some when they were in jail.

Lawzamercy.

Jailhouse Rice! A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. #casserole #rice #groundbeef #sausage

I got a good chuckle out of it, even if I did go to bed scratching my head wondering why anyone would think a yummy casserole made with rice and sausage looked like something you’d eat in jail.

I had a house full of people coming over last weekend and wanted to cook something easy so I decided to make a double batch of the recipe and mix things up a bit. And in honor of the Pinterest debate over the original recipe, I decided to call this one Jailhouse Rice!!

Jailhouse Rice! A delicious casserole recipe with rice, ground beef and sausage perfect for feeding a crowd. #casserole #rice #groundbeef #sausage

I have tweaked the original recipe six ways from Sunday over the years just using what I had on-hand. Three main components of the recipe are ground meat, broth and creamed soup which can be switched up dozens of ways. Here, see what I mean…

Ground meat:
  • Sausage
  • Venison
  • Italian Sausage
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Pork

Broth:
  • Chicken
  • Vegetable
  • Beef
  • Turkey

Creamed Soup:
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

Use whichever combination you think sounds good to you then follow the recipe. The recipe below makes twice as much as my original Sausage & Rice Casserole so double up where needed if you're using it as your base recipe.

I reeeeeally want to make this using ground beef, cream of mushroom soup and beef broth! And ya know what? I think I will this weekend! And now that I'm looking at this all typed out and organized, I think I'd like to make it with ground turkey and cream of asparagus too!

This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!

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Yield: 12-16 Servings

Jailhouse Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. sausage (I use 'Hot')
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups finely diced celery
  • 2 14.5-oz cans chicken broth
  • 1 10.5-oz can cream of celery soup
  • 1 10.5-oz can cream of onion soup
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice

Instructions:

Add ground beef, sausage, salt, pepper and garlic to a large skillet then brown and crumble over medium-high heat. When meat is about half cooked, add onion and celery then continue cooking until meat is cooked through and veggies are starting to become translucent. Do not drain.

Spray a 13x9 (3-quart) with cooking spray or rub with butter.  

In a separate bowl, whisk together broth and soups until smooth.  Pour soup mixture and rice into skillet then stir until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Pour into prepared casserole dish, cover tightly with aluminum foil then bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Remove casserole from oven and let rest, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove foil then fluff rice with a fork before serving. 

Notes:
  • If you don't have a skillet big enough to cook the ground beef, sausage and veggies together, cook the ground beef in a separate skillet then mix everything together in a large bowl.
  • Use uncooked long-grain white rice.
  • Do not use instant rice.
  • You must cover the dish TIGHTLY with foil to ensure the moisture stays inside to cook the rice through.
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49 comments:

  1. I'm sorry that people acted so yucky! This is -- hands down -- one of my favorite recipes and is a staple at my house. I make a batch, partition half of it for lunches during the week and freeze half for another time. It freezes SO WELL. Love, love, love. Haters gonna hate ... eaters gonna eat! And then lick the plate clean. :P

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    1. I'm getting that on a tshirt! Eaters Gonna Eat!

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    2. I have come up with a new favorite saying - "there is just some stupid you can't fix!". So keep blessing us Mandy - we appreciate you!

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  2. I swear, some of the comments I see on food blogs and also on pinterest just have me shaking my head and thinking "bless their hearts, they're too stupid to live".

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  3. My husband loves your casserole. It's terrible the way people act online. They should keep the mouth shut if they can't be civil.

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  4. I don't care what you call it, it looks and sounds YUMMY!

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  5. I made this the other day and it was yummy. As a matter of fact, i think i will go get some leftovers for lunch! Thanks Mandy!!

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  6. Love your blog-and bless your husbands heart.

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  7. Looks like my kinda grub! Can't wait to make it. Kinda like a bumped up dirty rice! Yummo baby!

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  8. Well darn, what's wrong with people? I have a crochet and knitting blog and they say mean things there as well. Just keep on keeping on we will win.

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  9. you just never mind those idiots that make bad comments, i think they only hear their own voice when they speak too. ive made your recipes and i think they are wonderful, remember the world is to full of idiots and they should be uploaded to another planet, would be much more peaceful here with out them.

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  10. Well, I guess the good news is that you now have a catchy name, so it will get more hits??? I firmly believe social media has proven that there are a lot of mean, bored, and ignorant people out there. Just imagine all the time and energy wasted on negative comments, tweets, perfect gram photos, lives, FB in general, and so on. There's real life to be lived! And recipes to be created and made! And I can't wait to make this one!!!

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  11. This sounds like it could be one of my favorite recipes. Love the combinations and easy to fix and can fill up a lot of people. I enjoy your posts and hope you keep on sharing with us..Thank you

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  12. It's my opinion that people act like uncivilized jackasses when they can hide behind a keyboard and any old screen name. Ignore them. I've made more than my share of your recipes and have always been impressed. This looks good, and something budget-friendly to feed 5 kids. (I used to make something similar, and the kids all knew that it was a "financially challenged" week. The only difference is that I'd throw anything edible in it to make it stretch.)

    Keep up the good work! I'm a fan.

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  13. There are those who feel the internet has granted them the right to say the nastiest things because they can hide behind their computers. The little weasels wouldn't have the nerve to say such things in person. Cyber bullying in not just used by teenagers! Hopefully you know that so many of us appreciate your blog, your sense of humor and your recipes. Keep it coming, you bring back old times for this New Yorker who was raised by a southern cook.

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  14. Hi there,
    I am sorry people are so mean to you, and your recipes, that it makes your husband upset. Also, as a woman who served 12 months in prison (don't ask), this looks absolutely delicious to me. I certainly never saw anything like this where I was. Trust me! Anyway, thanks for the recipes and inspiration. I'm keeping out of trouble now, and really enjoy cooking.

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    1. Keep on keeping on! Life is never perfect and neither are my favorite kinds of people :)

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    2. Hi, steemdup! I enjoyed your note. Keep on cookn'!

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  15. people only say all that trash because they can hide behind the computer screen. Truck drivers act all big and tough on the CB too. I make casseroles like this to eat in the truck every week where would we be without Campbell cream soups

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  16. This is just straight-up comfort food! I applaud you for just rolling with the punches from your Pinterest experience. Keep the name! It's catchy and you have a funny story for it!

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  17. I really hate hearing this has been your experience. While I have never made this particular recipe (because my family is not a huge fan of rice dishes), I have made quite a number of your other recipes, again and again and again. You are my Go To for any recipe I'm looking to try. I work with a ton of young 20-somethings who ask me about cooking and I ALWAYS refer them to your blog because your recipes are 1. Delicious, 2. Dependable, 3. Easy, and 4. Economical. I'm glad you have developed a tough shell; however, I hope it contains some permeability to allow a little love in from your fans. Keep on cookin' girl!! (By the way, I came on here to double check for a Country Fried Steak recipe -- I think you just use your Fried Chicken coating, right? That's the best Fried Chicken I've ever eaten!!)

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    1. Corey, you are my favorite person today!! Maybe for the week! I guess I need to put my cubed steak on the blog some day... I just season with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, then fry! I make the gravy with equal parts pan grease (about 1/4 cup) and flour for a dark roux then add water to make the gravy (season with S&P).

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    2. Glad I made your day!! I like the sounds of that gravy especially. I ended up using a recipe I've had since 2006 that I got out of a Southern Living. It calls for a mixture of flour and crushed Saltines (I nearly pulverize mine in the Vitamix). I made the cream gravy to go with it and my husband inhaled it. I would like a bit of darker gravy though -- definitely will go with your technique the next time. Hi, my name is Corey and I am Gravy Challenged.

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    3. Everyone screws their nose up when I say to use water but that's what I grew up using with cubed steak. For chicken, I usually like a milk gravy but, other than that, I just get the flour/oil brown with all those yummy pan bits then use water (sometimes broth if I have it handy).

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  18. Made this last night. Added two cloves minced garlic and used golden cream of mushroom soup. Everyone really enjoyed it. Next time I will add a bunch of sauteed fresh mushrooms. I enjoy your blog. Trolls suck.

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  19. Has anyone tried it with brown rice? I wasn't sure how much extra liquid I would need to adf for the rice to bake right.

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  20. I don't care what this dish is called...this looks so dang dee-lish, I am going to make some. And by the way, I agree with the ex-convict sprinklings, because I live with one, he would have loved to have had this while he was "away". Thank you for sharing and don't pay attention to the rude trolls. Tell them to start their own blog if they don't like what you share. Have a fab day!!

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  21. Omg so good. Great pot luck dish. Everybody loves catchy name "jailhouse rice". Love all your posts. Thanks mandy

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  22. Some people are such cowards. They hide behind the anonymity of the internet and spew their nastiness. Now, I admit this dish isn't the prettiest I've ever made, but it's surely tasty and among my "go to" recipes.

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  23. Love your recipes and your humor! Some people have such empty lives, probably due to their own behavior, that they actively search for opportunities to be mean to someone else. Pure spite and jealousy. Just keep on keepin' on, girl. Ignore them and let it be their problem.

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  24. Ill bet Aunt Bee made this for Otis while he was in for his weekly 24-hour sleep-it-off in the Mayberry jail! Looks yummy to me!

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  25. Well, I just had to laugh when I read your post about people's comments. I think you handled it perfectly by naming the recipe Jailhouse Rice!! What a great attitude you have and just because some people don't care for it, so what? There are plenty who do!

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  26. Mean people are going to be mean regardless. Almost always it’s a reflection of them, nothing to do with whatever their meanness is directed at.

    I just wanted to tell you that “jailhouse food” can be taken as a compliment. I know a couple of people who have been locked up quite awhile. When they got out they were eager to fix a spread. Something delicious they’d learned to make from what they were able to get from commissary. Seems the stuff they serve you from the kitchens is near poison but what you come up with in your cell can be quite a treat!

    This looks delicious and I’m eager to try it.

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  27. I don't think it's anything like prison food according to my Ex-husband, but I will definitely try this recipe. I does look delish! However I will need to use a different type ground meat & make my own creamed soup as I have to watch certain things in my diet, sodium & red meat specifically.

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  28. It looks plain yummy to me!

    As my daughter says..."internet breeds stupid" and I think she is right.

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  29. Ok, kind of nervous. Put this in the oven about 30 minutes ago, reread the recipe and realized I added French onion soup instead of cream of onion. Ugh, not sure what to do!! This looks so yummy, but I'm sad that I potentially messed it up with too much liquid. Help!!

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    1. Hi Brenda! I've having a glitch with my comments (taking 12-24 hours to show on the site but I'm assured it's being fixed!). How did it turn out??

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  30. dang, that looks good! 'gonna try it soon.....and don't pay any attention to the idiot naysayers.....this is comfort food! the kind i grew up on and love to eat!

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  31. I just got around to reading this as we have been remodeling the house. As you may well know I don't post much but this post was a WHAT????Why do people gotta hate ? Geesh ... Life is too short for nasty,toxic (I know as I have inlaws that are haters of me & my daughters)...Karma is all I gotta say in life !!! Karma baby Karma ... Just smile and know you will get the last laugh and tell hubs not everyone is mean ...

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  32. I made this last night for dinner. I have to admitt to changing it a little. I have a son with celiac disease and cannot use cream of celery or cream of onion soup. So I used 2 cans of gluten free cream of chicken soup instead. It turned out GREAT. Everyone loved it and had second helpings. Thanks for the recipe Mandy!

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  33. Do you think this would freeze well if the batch was split? If so before or after the time in the oven?

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    1. I've never frozen *this* particular dish but I can tell you that I freeze other rice dishes by spooning it into a gallon-sized zip-top freezer bag (or smaller for individual servings), squeezing all the air out, then freezing. Defrost completely then remove to a microwave-safe dish to reheat. Sometimes I sprinkle it with water before reheating to ensure the rice is nice and tender.

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  34. As a person who came a bit late to this recipe, and discussion, let me just say that the name intrigued me and is what made me click on the link. The recipe looks delicious and is on my food planner for next week. Cannot wait to try this!! The story amused me and I love the wonderful comeuppance you used Mandy in naming the newer update after what all those horrible rude people called your yummy looking dish.

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  35. My mom's recipe from 63 years ago:
    Saute 1 (or 2) lbs sausage. Pour off most grease. Add 3/4 C each diced onion & GREEN PEPPER and 1 C diced celery. Saute until veggies soften. Mic tog: 1 can CHICKEN w/RICE soup, 1 can cream mushroom soup, 1 C water. Combine all components AND 1 C BROWN RICE in deep casserole bowl. Cover tightly w/foil. Bake 1 hour @ 400 deg. Remove foil. Bake 1/2 hour longer. Optional: Add 3/4 cup cashews for last half hour baking.
    Rive seems to cook letter and stays moist in deep bowl casserole rather than in shallow 9 x 13

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  36. This reminds me of a recipe I made from a tea room. It also had waterchestnuts, mushrooms and onions and was baked inside of a pumpkin (a special variety). The savory mixture with strands of the sweet pumpkin was enough to make you have a moment in the corner by yourself! It was delicious!!!

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  37. This looks like delicious down home comfort food! It is one pot, meat, grain, veggies and also economical! Reminds me of what my Mommy would cook on super busy days with 7 kids and a hubby looking for a hot meal! Great post!

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  38. Our family LOVES the recipe!!! it's so easy to make but best of all it tastes delicious!! My daughters boyfriend who admits he's a picky picky eater loves it too!
    Thanks for a great recipe :)

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Hi there! While I'm not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven't been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y'all! - Mandy