Left over Thursday – July 14th 2011

Demystifying Casseroles

When someone mentions a casserole, I cringe.. They are soooo mysterious, so “What is in it?” yet so humble, so warm, so so so great..

Here’s my take on a Wild rice and chicken Casserole and you got it, it’s made from leftovers. Enjoy !

I have the below ingredients:

A handful of bella mushrooms sliced
1 carrot peeled and sliced
Left over steamed corn on the cob

1 clove of garlic chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

2 Tsp of OO

Left over grilled chicken
A cup of wild rice (I made this)
Few fresh Basil leaves
1 1/2 cups of white sauce or Bechamel (Recipe coming soon)

I personally love wild rice instead of regular white rice. Even better is a combination of wild, brown, red and white rice. I actually got a few different types of rice and mixed them to use.

To every cup of rice, use about 2 cups of water on medium heat in a covered saucepan. Cook till all the water is absorbed.

Stir fry the garlic, veggies and the seasonings in the OO for about 2-3 minutes.

Prepare an oven proof dish with some OO.
Layer half the rice , veggies, and the sauce (about half a cup) and repeat about twice. Cover with the rest of the sauce. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Crush about 1/2 cup of pretzels with 1/2 Tbsp butter and spread on top of the casserole. Bake for another 5-7 minutes..

Your Casserole —- Demystified !

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