Broccoli, Rice and Cheese I’m on a Casserole - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Broccoli, Rice and Cheese I'm on a Casserole

Heeeeerrrreee's the liver and onions.….your kids are sure to eat it up with aban­don. Just kid­ding. Ta da.….casserole! Thank you to every­one who voted. I promise to hit the other recipes. Sorry I didn't do them all, Natalee.

It was a thou­sand degrees and humid at our cot­tage, so I was dread­ing mak­ing this Whole Foods casse­role since it required the oven. How­ever, Scar­lett was really keen to make it. She helped me with all the shop­ping and asked more than once if I was ready to "cook".

Broc­coli, Rice and Cheese I'm on a Casserole

Olive oil for casse­role dish

1 table­spoon extra vir­gin olive oil, divided
1 cup uncooked jas­mine rice
Salt to taste
1 small yel­low onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups small broc­coli flo­rets
1 (15-ounce) can reg­u­lar (not con­densed) cream of cel­ery or mush­room soup
1 tea­spoon chopped, fresh pars­ley
1 cup finely shred­ded ched­dar cheese, divided
Freshly ground black pep­per to taste

Method

Grease a 7– x 11-inch bak­ing dish with olive oil; set aside.

Heat 1/2 table­spoon of the oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook, stir­ring often, until translu­cent, 1 to 2 min­utes. Add 1 1/2 cups water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and sim­mer until water is absorbed and rice is almost ten­der, about 15 min­utes. Take pot off of the heat for a few min­utes, then uncover, stir and set aside.

Pre­heat oven to 350°F. Heat remain­ing 1/2 table­spoon oil in a large skil­let over medium heat. Add onions and cook for around 5 min­utes or until soft­ened. Mix in broc­coli and cook for another 3 to 4 min­utes. Stir in rice, soup and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Add salt and pep­per to taste.

Trans­fer rice mix­ture to pre­pared bak­ing dish and sprin­kle remain­ing 1/2 cup cheese over top. Bake until golden brown and bub­bly, about 30 minutes.

Scar­lett is no longer sat­is­fied with just being my sous chef. She now wants to be at the oven, which is my night­mare. I've taken to allow­ing her to add or mix ingre­di­ents into a pot on a burner that isn't on. Then I find another safe task for her to start while I actu­ally cook. Here she adds the rice into a cool pot. No need to call child services.…all is safe.

I did allow her to stir the rice after I'd added the water and was ready to turn down the heat. Pleased with her accom­plish­ment, she ended up eat­ing a bowl (or two) of plain rice on the deck as I sauteed the onion and broc­coli. When I asked if she wanted to grate the cheese she informed me that it was "for babies." Appar­ently, she's got­ten too big for grat­ing any­thing. If we keep going at this rate, she'll be inclined to de-bone a trout by 5.

Next time I plan to add more veg­eta­bles to this dish. I served it as a side with steak and corn but this would also be an easy and great main with ground turkey or chicken. You could eas­ily brown meat in a pan and mix it in to the casse­role when you trans­fer the rice and veg­etable mix­ture. Scar­lett picked the broc­coli out of the side as she ate her dinner.…I think the two bowls of rice ear­lier had done her in. Plus she was ready for dessert. After all, in summer's heat who can think of any­thing other than ice cream.

  

6 Comments

  1. Lesa says:

    I love Scarlett's pref­er­ence to do more impor­tant cook­ing tasks! I totally relate to your night­mare. Any­time there's activ­ity in the kitchen, Isla says "I want to help you" and pulls a din­ing room chair in for her to stand on, which is inevitably in front of the hot stove.

  2. I Heart Beauty says:

    I made this last night. Can­not under­score how good it was. Went back for sec­onds and the dish was prac­ti­cally clean. We paired with a BBQ chicken on the side (did not bake with) but ended up mix­ing in the chicken after­wards. I'm eat­ing again today and the tex­ture is like risotto, which is AWESOME.

  3. Ceri says:

    I just had lunch and your com­ment is mak­ing me hun­gry, K!

  4. Natalee Caple says:

    yummy!Can't wait to try this. I just need to unpack a kitchen.

  5. Laura says:

    Good luck unpacking!

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