Saturday, October 30, 2010

yummy casserole dinner

Yesterday I was having the in-laws over for dinner. Dinner was going to be my Baked Potato Soup & the movie was going to be How to Train Your Dragon. I got all the ingredients several days ahead but failed to review the recipe. Silly me! i got home & was ready to cook - only to be reminded that my favorite potato soup recipe is a Slow Cooker recipe! Um, honey, think your in-laws will mind eating at 2 am?! Ha. Just kidding. I know it can be adapted to the stove, but i didn't know how to do that (& didn't think of it at first!). And i know there are a million stovetop potato soup recipes but i like THIS one! =) So i decided to cook this casserole i'd been wanting to make instead. I'd already bought the ingredients but wasn't sure how it would turn out. I had nothing to worry about. It was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I got this recipe from a new cooking blog i found & i am sure i will be using many more of her recipes. YUM!

Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli & Rice Casserole
(i forgot to take a picture of it & it was gone in a flash! her pic is way better anyway!)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 6-8 ounce can of mushrooms, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 box Long Grain & Wild Rice, prepared per instructions*
2 cups chicken breast, chopped
1 6-8 ounce can of water chestnus, chopped
1 cup of broccoli florets*
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of celery soup
1/4 cup light mayo
salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare rice per instructions. In a medium saucepan, cook onions & celery until soft. Add mushrooms & cook a bit longer (if your mushrooms are fresh & not canned, you should do them first). Steam broccoli until just fork tender, and then cool. In a large bowl combine ALL ingredients & mix well. 

2. Pour into a baking dish & bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before serving. 

*I wasn't sure about the box rice & figured i'd end up using my regular white rice. I am so glad i didn't! Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice was the only brand i could find. It takes 5 minutes & i tasted it before it went in the bowl with everything else...so good!! Definitely use this kind of rice! :) 

*The only thing i would change about this recipe...i would use more broccoli. Maybe 2 cups. But i like broccoli! :) 

SO good!!!! 4 of us ate it & there were no leftovers! So you might wanna double it! It was amazing! :)

P.S. The movie How to Train Your Dragon was also a hit! We absolutely loved it!!

5 comments:

  1. Yum! Anything with rice, and I'm in! I'll have to try this.

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  2. This looks great! Gonna have to try it.

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  3. I am so glad you liked it. Thanks for the shout out and link back to my site.

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  4. This sounds and looks delicious! I will be trying this next week for sure!

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