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What to Make With Leftover Ham and Rice: Air Fryer Timbales

These little timbales--mini-casseroles, really--are simple to make and easy to eat. They are filled with savory ham and vegetables and sweet apples. With rice in the timbales, you have a one-dish meal. Using the air fryer to cook the timbales means you can have dinner quickly without heating up your main oven. I make my timbales in small, non-stick pie dishes and, after cooling them slightly, remove the timbales to serve them. You can serve them right in the dish, if you prefer. Ramekins also work well to make the timbales. These little casseroles really are quite tasty, and they are a great way to use up leftover ham and rice in a different way. Enjoy!


What to Make With Leftover Ham and Rice:  Air Fryer Timbales
What to Make With Leftover Ham and Rice: Air Fryer Timbales

Air Fryer Ham and Rice Timbales -- Makes 4


1 small onion, chopped

1-2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 medium apple, cored and chopped

1 1/2 - 2 cups of chopped ham

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley

1 1/2 - 2 ups of cooked rice

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of light sour cream

2-3 tablespoons of raisins

1/2 cup of Italian-style shredded cheese


In a large bowl combine the onion, celery, and apple with a tablespoon of water. Microwave the mixture for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables soften a little. Stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing everything well. Spritz four five-inch non-stick pie tins with non-stick cooking spray (or use large ramekins) and divide the mixture between the four tins. You'll need to mound the mixture in each tin. Spritz the tops of the mounds with non-stick cooking spray. Place the tins (however many will fit at one time--in my case it's two) in your air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the timbales at 320 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked through and very brown on top. Remove the timbales from the air fryer basket and repeat the cooking process with the remaining uncooked mixture. Let the timbales cool in their pans for five or 10 minutes before removing them (loosen the edges with a plastic knife, then slide the knife under the underside of the timbale to lift it out) to serve. Alternatively, serve the timbales in the pie tins/ramekins.


What to Make With Leftover Ham and Rice:  Air Fryer Timbales
What to Make With Leftover Ham and Rice: Air Fryer Timbales

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