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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Meatless Casserole- but not Cheeseless!


This is a casserole that has been around for more than 50 years..I just kind of updated it! It is a rice, broccoli, cheese concoction that I altered to make it a little more upscale. Normally, it is white rice, frozen broccoli,milk, and Velveeta cheese, baked until cheese melts. I used brown rice, cooked for 45 minutes in chicken broth, then mixed with American cheese, sour cream, a can of cream o mushroom soup, and steamed, chopped fresh broccoli. I then topped it with a layer of Cheddar cheese slices, and baked until top layer of cheese melted in a covered casserole dish that had been buttered before cooking. I sprinkled savory on the casserole before baking (350F for 40 min). Brown rice has a nutty, stand alone flavor and texture we really enjoy!
I have an older Catholic friend, who really didn't like taking the Lord's name in vain, so instead of yelling "Jesus Christ!" he would yell "Cheese and Rice"!
You can use this as a meatless main dish, or a side dish- you can also add chicken, ham, or turkey to the casserole for a one course meal...
Try it, you'll like it!

45 comments:

Kate said...

What's savory?

Heff said...

Donna calls me "meatless but NOT cheeseless" too. :(

Jeff B said...

I can go without meat sometimes, but the cheese has got to stay. Looks tasty.

buffalodick said...

Kate- A spice, used before the Middle Ages... strong herby flavor, which works well with beans, and other veggies. I thought it would work well here, and it did!
Heff- When your meat starts smelling like cheese, it's time to hit the showers.. :)
Jeff- My love of cheese is well documented...

pinknest said...

Meatless?! Meatless?! If I must. As long as there is that delicious cheese, all is right with the world.

Brian Miller said...

cheese & rice, that sounds good! lol. nice...i might be able to go meatless this way...

buffalodick said...

Pink- You can mix meat into this casserole easily!
Brian- I don't go without meat often, believe me!

Gloria said...

This look absolutely yummy! huggs! gloria I love cheese, I cant live without cheese, and the kidds the same!! xx

Gloria said...

Talking about cheese Im eating right now some spaguettis only with grated cheese, yummy!

buffalodick said...

Gloria- Italian cheeses...I love Parmesan, Romano, Provolone, Mozzarella, Asiago, Gorgonzola, and ones I haven't even had yet!

Just telling it like it is said...

I think I am going to try that recipe!

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- Easy, and tasty! Best way to cook everything is to let the flavors stand on their own...

The Good Cook said...

Cheese and Rice that looks good! My youngest son LOVES chicken, cheese, rice and broccoli.. and adding savory just sounds right....

buffalodick said...

Good Cook- Savory, the forgotten spice! I am a crazyman who loves spices like few people do.. It can be the key to a whole different flavor! My Mom used salt, pepper and cinnamon-period!

Marjie said...

Great side dish! Cheese and Rice, I'm down with this!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You know I would be a hero if I made this at my house with all the rice lover's! The possibilities are endless with the types of cheese you can you depending on what kind of texture and flavors you are looking to achieve! Great side dish Buff!

Intense Guy said...

Cheese and Rice!

Goodness... how much cholesterol is in this baby? :)

buffalodick said...

Marjie- people love this stuff!
Katherine- Correct! Very flexible, go creative with this!
I.G. It's healthier than a lot of dishes!

Lea Ann said...

I adore that old recipe. Not made it in 20 years or more. I think the recipe I have has chicken, velveeta, instant rice and some sort of cream o soup. This version sounds great BD.

buffalodick said...

Lea Ann- Welcome back to the Mid- West! Betty Crocker is alive and well!

bonnie said...

love your dish, totally kid friendly with all that glorious cheese,

sweetlife
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buffalodick said...

Bonnie- Welcome to the blog! Simple food, most of the time!

buffalodick said...

Bonnie- No way to post comments on your fine food posts.. Why?

intuitive eggplant said...

So you're a fellow cheese-a-holic, eh? Huzzah on the use of the savory and the brown rice!

eggy

John McElveen said...

OK--sans meat I still give this 5 starts due to the stick to the ribness factor!

I would sooo go for this if I saw it laid out on a table!!!

John

buffalodick said...

Eggplant- Nothing id downside for this dish!
John- it's a great stick to ribs dinner!

sage said...

With chicke broth, it ain't exactly vegetarian. But with better ingredents you use, it sounds pretty good.

Pam said...

Now, I'm going to go around yelling "cheese and rice" all day!

Jingle said...

smart idea.
way to go!
;)
Happy Thursday!

blueviolet said...

Right up my alley. I'm all about casseroles! Thanks; it looks delicious!

Akelamalu said...

Mmmm I love anything with cheese in it. :)

LaDivaCucina said...

Cheese N Rice, does that look GOOD! I like the idea, simple and comforting. Were you nice and full?

buffalodick said...

sage- I'm no vegetarian, vegans wouldn't use this for the cheese and sour cream..
Pam- Pretty funny, isn't it?
Jingle- Had it last night as a side dish with chicken paprika..
BlueV- We eat more of them when the weather turns cold!
Ake- This was very cheesey!
Diva- Lots left over, it was a bigger batch than I thought it would be!

carma said...

that really looks delicious!! I gave up on brown rice after the second try. Am I brave enough to try it again??? ;-)

buffalodick said...

carma- 1 cup brown rice, 2 cups water or broth, teaspoon of butter, salt if you want, bring to boil, turn down and simmer in tightly closed pot for 45 min., (fluff at 20 min.) turn off heat, let set for 5 min.- perfect brown rice...

Barbara said...

Did you lose my comment too? Or did I click the wrong button?

(Thought it was probably not PC to mention duck, pheasant, goose and deer hunting, which we did a lot of at that cabin.)

buffalodick said...

I have hunted duck, and deer- friends would give me goose breast to smoke for them! You have seen photos of the lodge I am part owner in...hardly roughing it anymore!

JihadGene said...

Brown rice is great! Well...unless it's grown along the Gulf of Obama shoreline.

buffalodick said...

This was grown in Texas..before oil spill!

Realliveman said...

Cheese make EVERYTHING better!!

John McElveen said...

Tried to Smoke Goose Breast, but it kept ripping up the papers!

J

buffalodick said...

R.L.M.- I do enjoy cheeses of all varieties...
John- Sounds like a bad Rodney Dangerfield joke... :)

Chef E said...

Sounds great Buff- I am chuckling at the 'Cheese and Rice'! Great idea!

Ally said...

Everything is better with Velveeta. This casserole sounds awesome!

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jolie-jordan said...

Casserole...the meals I love to throw together in one dish that can go from the oven to the table to the freezer.

My old boy would love this recipe of yours. He loves rice in casseroles and he loves cheese. I'd probably use a different veggie since cooked broccoli is not his favorite. I'd add some dry mustard, fresh dill (diced) and some sauted mushrooms and onions.

Hummmm...savory. I haven't used it in a long while. Seems to me I use to use it in a few chicken recipes. I'll have to give it a try again.

Mostly I am a pasta person but rice is a nice change. I've eaten many nice wild rice or brown rice dishes. I like to eat white rice plain with a touch of salt and a dab of my "Heart Smart" Promise margarine. My favorite way to eat white rice is as a cereal. Leftover rice with cinnamon, sugar and milk. Brings me back to my childhood days. I sometimes want it heated and sometimes cold.

Thanks for sharing this recipe idea, Buff.
J-