Thursday, October 11, 2012

Casseroles... known only by their contents.

So, one day I made up a casserole. It's gone through several iterations. Here's one that doesn't require the unorthodox things like Krakow Nights seasoning that I have in my spice cabinet thanks to @Amyonymous (if using that, put in 1tsp of it instead of the dried parsley). You can substitute basil for the marjoram.

It comes in two parts - the casserole, and the bread-crumb topping.

Chicken Broccoli Rice Cheddar Casserole (serves 4 adults)

  • 4T butter, divided
  • 1.5c dry rice, cooked per package directions (~3c cooked)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4c minced onion (~1/2 small onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5c frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2c grated cheddar
  • 1/2c whole milk
  • Crumb Topping, as listed below
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Begin cooking rice.
  3. Meanwhile, combine chicken, garlic, onion, salt & pepper in bowl.
  4. Create crumb topping as listed below.
  5. Over medium heat, melt ~2T butter in large dutch oven.
  6. Add chicken mixture and cook approx. 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add marjoram, parsley, and broccoli. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through. Add more butter as needed.
  8. When rice is cooked, add to cooked chicken. Stir.
  9. Add cheddar cheese and milk. Stir until cheddar is melted in and mixture is well blended.
  10. Transfer mixture to 2 quart casserole dish, cover with crumb topping and heat in oven until topping is lightly browned or crisped ~10-15 minutes.
  11. (Optional) Any remaining butter or extra cheddar cheese may be used over crumb topping.
Crumb Topping

Combine the following in food processor and blend until bread and crackers are crumbled:
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/2c cheddar goldfish
  • 1/4c grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/4tsp paprika
  • 1/4tsp black pepper
  • dash cayenne (optional).
If any of you try this, can you let me know if the recipe works out? A friend asked for it and it's hard to proof your own directions. Thanks!:)


whatsthedeal said...

This sounds fantastic and I happen to have all the ingredients in my kitchen. Except for Krakow Nights, which sounds dangerous. :) I might make it tonight!

Becky said...

Fun! I hope you like it:) I'd love to link to your pictures if you end up taking some - my food pictures often end up really weird looking!

amy said...

Did you actually measure out all those spices???

Becky said...

I did. I got out the measuring spoons and then poured the spices into my hand, about as much as I would use, put it into the closest measuring size and filled that up. It tasted roughly like what I usually make, so I declared it an official version of the recipe. Surely in real life I use 9/8 or 3/5 tsp all the time, but this'll get the job done for people who like measurements other than "about the right amount of (x)"....