04/27/2012 11:56 EDT | Updated 06/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Spicy salsa, rice and cheese bites perfect fare for hockey playoff fans

Now the hockey playoffs are capturing the attention of sports aficionados, treat fans to Latin-inspired salsa bites while they watch the game on television. These nifty appetizers eliminate the need to serve a bowl of dip and individual chips.

Salsa Bites

750 ml (3 cups) cooked brown rice

250 ml (1 cup) shredded pepper jack cheese

4 eggs

1 jar (500 ml/16 oz) medium thick and chunky salsa

125 ml (1/2 cup) sour cream

2 ml (1/2 tsp) each salt and pepper

175 ml (3/4 cup) crushed corn tortilla chips

Additional salsa and sour cream, for garnish (optional)

Heat oven to 180 C (350 F).

In a large bowl, combine rice and cheese; set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs until well blended. Stir in salsa, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add salsa mixture to rice and cheese; mix well.

Spray miniature muffin pans with vegetable cooking spray. Spoon about 22 ml (1 1/2 tbsp) of rice mixture into each cup, filling to just below the rim. Sprinkle crushed chips over filling, pressing slightly with back of spoon.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with additional salsa and sour cream, if using.

Makes 48 appetizers.

Source: USA Rice Federation,