From, "At Your Service...Southern Recipes, Places and Traditions," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.


  • 2 (6-ounce) packages original recipe long grain and wild rice

  • 1 pound asparagus, cut into pieces

  • 2 cups chopped ham

  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


Prepare the rice in a saucepan using the package directions, adding the asparagus during the last 5 minutes of cooking.  Remove the saucepan from the heat.  Add the ham, bell pepper and onion and mix well.  Spoon into a greased 7-1/2x11-inch baking dish.  Sprinkle with the cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through.


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