I'm just going to say it up front: the key to this whole dish is the cheese. (Isn't it always?) Cooked long and slow, this cheese melts into the rice and forms a crust on the bottom of the pan. The whole dish becomes infused with rich, smoky, caramelized cheddar, which a taste that's just this side of heaven.
I have been diligently trying to come up with recipes that can be frozen in small portions for my toddler to have for lunches. It turns out that these make a great lunch for him or a side dish for dinner! Once A Month Mom